Deputies target distracted drivers |

Deputies target distracted drivers

Staff Reports

Today through June 17, Douglas and Lyon county sheriff’s deputies will conduct increased traffic enforcement, targeting drivers on cell phones and speeding motorists.

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, said Sheriff Ron Pierini

The enforcement detail is partially funded 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. As part of that effort, we will be conducting additional traffic enforcement details when resources allow, particularly targeting distracted drivers and speeders,” Pierini said.

He reminded motorists that hands-free communication devices have been required in Nevada since Oct. 1, 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, even when stopped at a traffic signal.