Here are some important new traffic laws passed by the 2011 Nevada Legislature which police officers in Las Vegas and Henderson are cracking down on. A short description of each is followed by its effective date, legislative bill number and applicable Nevada Revised Statute or NRS Chapter.
No Texting and Hands-Free
Texting, accessing the internet and hand-held cell phone use while driving are now illegal in Nevada.
You can talk using a hands-free headset and, while making voice calls, touch the phone to “activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.”
The fines are $50 for the first offense in seven years, $100 for the second and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses. Fines are subject to doubling if the offense occurs in a work zone. The first offense is not treated as a moving violation for DMV and insurance purposes.
• Any person reporting a medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity.
• Drivers using a voice-operated navigation system affixed to the vehicle or those riding in autonomous vehicles.
• Drivers using citizen band or other two-way radios that require a license and have a separate, hand-held microphone.
• Law enforcement officers, firefighters or emergency medical personnel acting within the scope of their employment.
• Utility workers responding to an outage or emer- gency and using devices provided by the company.
• Amateur radio operators providing communications services during an emergency or disaster.
These new laws are effective October 1, 2011. (10/1/11 – SB 140 - NRS Chapter 484B)
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