Deputies on lookout for distracted drivers
February 18, 2014
Douglas and Lyon deputies will be conducting increased traffic patrols looking for distracted and speeding motorists through Saturday.
National traffic studies have shown that these types of targeted patrols provide an increased risk of detection of violators, thereby reducing the number of drivers willing to risk committing violations.
This enforcement detail is partially paid for by a grant from the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.
"The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is committed to keeping the roads and highways of our community safe," Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said. "As part of that effort, we will be conducting additional traffic enforcement details when resources allow, particularly targeting distracted drivers and speeders."
Pierini reminded motorists that hands-free communication devices have been required in the State of Nevada since 2011.
Drivers may not hold a cell phone or communication device in their hand while operating a motor vehicle on any highway in the State of Nevada, even when stopped at a traffic signal.