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Driving You Crazy: Nevada's Cell Phone Ban

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LAS VEGAS - Nevada instituted a ban on using cell phones while driving a few years ago, but a viewer named John wants to know why he can't use his phone when stopped at a red light.

This question has been asked numerous times since the law went into effect in October 2011. If drivers are using their phones while sitting at a stop light, they are violating the cell phone law.

The reason is it still provides a distraction. Drivers could get a green light, but miss it because they are using their cell phones. It is dangerous.

If the phone is in your hands, whether you are at a red light or stop sign and regardless if you are texting or talking, you will get cited.

Nevada Highway Patrol says talking and texting while driving takes your eyes off the road an average of four to six seconds. It's like closing your eyes behind the wheel.

When you get pulled over, the first offense is $50. The second offense will cost you $100 and two points on your driving record. The third offense will get you a $250 fine and four points.

In other words, put the phone away for your drive or get one of the 50 different kinds of hands-free devices on the market. They cost $25 to $125.

What's driving you crazy? You can e-mail Brian Loftus with your traffic complaints.

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