The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) is launching a new program for drivers who are caught texting on the road in an effort to reduce car accidents arising from distracted driving. The program dubbed “It Can Wait for 28” is designed to encourage ticketed drivers to examine their driving habits and help promote the “Zero Fatalities” message of the Department of Public Safety. Successful completion of the program will result in the dismissal of their NHP tickets.
In Nevada, state law prohibits talking or texting on a handheld cellphone or similar device while driving. The law seeks to reduce distracted driving which is a leading cause of car crashes in Nevada. With the ongoing advances in mobile communications, more drivers may be tempted to use their mobile devices on the road. Nevada DOT estimates more than 3,500 distracted driving car crashes in the entire state each year. The current penalty for distracted driving is a fine of up to $1,000 which must be settled in court.
Effective Ways to Reduce Distracted Driving
Even without the NHP program, anyone can stay focused on the road following preventive measures such as:
- Putting your cellphone in the glove compartment before starting your car
- Activating applications which temporarily receives or redirect calls to a voice mailbox
- Making important calls before driving
- Getting a companion to assist you with driving directions instead of reading maps on the road
Distracted driving car crashes can cause damage to property as well as serious to fatal injuries. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident caused by another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Consult a personal injury attorney about your situation.
In the greater Henderson area, David Boehrer Law Firm has years of experience in car accidents injury claims in helping clients recover the maximum amount of damages that they deserve. We also handle other personal injury cases such as motorcycle or truck crashes and wrongful death. To discuss your particular case, we welcome your call at (702) 750-0750 to schedule a free consultation.