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Cell phone ban goes into effect Saturday

MINDEN, Nev. – A new law that prohibits the use of a cellular phone or other handheld wireless communications device while operating a motor vehicle in certain circumstances goes into effect on Saturday.

Under the new rules, officers do not need to observe a separate violation before initiating a traffic enforcement stop.

To help educate the motoring public and to create as much awareness about this important law, traffic enforcement officers who observe this violation may initiate a traffic stop; however, no citations for using this hand held device maybe issued until Jan. 1.

Drivers who minimize their distractions and focus on their driving at all times will greatly reduce the chance of an unplanned event, according to Trooper Chuck Allen. To put this into a numerical perspective, there are more than 3,500 distraction-related crashes in Nevada every year, and more than 60 deaths in the past five years, he said.

Additionally, there is no way to calculate how many close calls have been caused by distracted driving. Across the nation in 2009, 5,474 people died on U.S. roadways while another 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes reported to have distracted driving involved.

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