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Monday, 25 July 2011 15:16

NV: 34th State to Ban Texting While Driving

Nevada has become the latest state to adopt a ban on texting behind the wheel as well as outlawing motorists from being able to use their cell phones while driving.

Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, praised Nevada’s governor for supporting driver safety.

“I commend Governor Brian Sandoval for signing legislation that will help save lives and put a stop to dangerous distracted driving behavior on Nevada roads,” said LaHood. “In a split second, the consequences of texting behind the wheel can be devastating. There’s no call or text so important that it can’t wait.”

This move makes Nevada the 34th state to ban texting while driving and the ninth to forbid drivers from using a hand-held cellphone behind the wheel.

Violators will be penalized $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $250 if they’re ticketed a third time for cellphone use.

Auto insurance premiums may also increase as a result of the infractions.

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