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Distracted driving runs high in Las Vegas

On Behalf of | May 9, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Las Vegas is constantly busy, 24 hours a day. Amidst all of the hubbub, there are a lot of vehicles on the roads at all hours of the day. With all of the drinking and partying that happens in Sin City, it is important for drivers to devote their complete attention to driving when they’re behind the wheel.

The first thing you probably think of when it comes to distracted driving is cell phone use. Yes, texting or talking and driving is a big problem. Those aren’t the only distractions, though. Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVNV) wants drivers to be aware of other potential distractions.

Don’t be a distracted driver

Law enforcement in Nevada has made it illegal to have an electronic device (such as a cell phone) in your hand while operating a motor vehicle.

The DMVNV warns that “cell phones aren’t the only problem. Drivers can be distracted by eating and drinking, grooming, tuning the radio, or even talking to passengers.”

Will I be ticketed if I’m drinking coffee while driving?

While most Nevada law enforcement officers won’t ticket you for simply taking a sip of your coffee, they will give you a ticket if you are distracted and driving recklessly. Reckless driving includes running red lights instead of stopping, hitting the curb or median, speeding and engaging in aggressive, rage-fueled driving.

Safety should be your number one priority on the road. Drivers should know that Nevada has a statute of limitations. If you were in an accident or injured in the last two years, you could be compensated. Contact an experienced legal advisor to discuss your options.