LAS VEGAS - A viewer says many Las Vegas drivers are still confused about Nevada's ban on the use of cell phones while driving. He says many still think they can use their phones at stop signs or stoplights.
It is illegal for drivers to use their phones at a traffic light. If the phone is in your hands – whether you are at a red light, stop sign or any other time you are behind the wheel – you will get cited if a police officer sees you.
Phone use provides a distraction. Drivers who are using their cell phones often receive a green light, but miss it because they are using their cell phones. This causes fender benders or worse.
Nevada Highway Patrol says talking and texting while driving takes your eyes off the road an average of four to six seconds. That is akin to closing your eyes while behind the wheel.
Nevada instituted a ban on using cell phones in the car more than two years ago. Fines range from $50 to $250. If you must use your phone while you are on the road, get a hands-free device.