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Police Target Drivers Not Following the Law

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LAS VEGAS -- The rising death toll on valley roads has Metro Police stepping up efforts to enforce an 11-month-old law that bans drivers from using a cell phone without a handheld device.

Police say the new law isn't resonating with all drivers. Metro Police targeted the busy intersection of Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road Wednesday to cite drivers who were ignoring the law.

Police held signs that said "No dialing, texting, or talking."

"We actually walk up to their window and we show this sign and they're completely oblivious to what we're doing," Metro officer Ivens Munoz said.

"The number one thing, while you're on the roadway, is you should be paying attention to your driving and nothing else," Metro officer Stephanie Dunn said.

Police worked together to pull over several violators. While most did not want to talk with 8 News NOW, Bill Dickey admitted he made a mistake.

"I mis-understood the law. I was at a stoplight and I used my cell phone," Dickey admitted. "I didn't notice the sign until I was half-way through my talk and I was just thinking well that's quite a coincidence."

The death toll of auto pedestrian crashes on valley roads stands at 93.

"We take this serious," Metro officer Kenneth Jones said.

While none of the fatal's were caused by someone texting or talking while driving, Metro Police believe it is only a matter of time before that kind of distraction will turn deadly.

In the coming weeks, Metro Police will be targeting different areas of the valley looking for drivers violating the law. The first offense is a $50 fine. The second offense is $100. The third offense is $250 and/or jail time.


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