Law enforcement cracking down on distracted driving

Woman trying to drive while texting and holding coffee
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By News and Talk Radio 840 AM

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The City of Henderson Police Department, along with Nevada Highway Patrol, starts an enhanced traffic enforcement initiative targeting distracted drivers on Friday. The enforcement runs through January 25th.

As part of Joining Forces, a statewide law enforcement program, agencies will work together in an effort to make our roadways safer by enforcing distracted driving laws.

Nevada law forbids drivers from using a cell phone or other electronic device at any time while their vehicle is in operation, even when stopped at a red light. Drivers can use a hands-free headset or Bluetooth to make calls while driving. However, talking on the phone should not divert their attention from driving safely.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving encompasses three main types of distraction:

• Visual – taking your eyes off the road

• Manual – taking your hands off the wheel

• Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing

When texting or talking and driving, all three distractions take place which not only endangers the person committing the violation but endangers everyone around you.

Set your device with an auto response, “Sorry I’m driving, but I’ll get back to you as soon as possible”, and stay alive to reply.

The Henderson Police Department received $220,000 in federal funding for the enhanced enforcement initiatives through the Nevada Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety for the 2021 Joining Forces program.