The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that state troopers issued 11,992 traffic citations to drivers who were engaging in distracted driving cell phone behavior including talking without hands-free technology, texting, reading and all other non-voice-activated communication in 2012.
Fortunately, statistics and numbers show that issuing such citations is a tool that deters distracted driving accidents and lowers recidivism rates. Of the nearly 12,000 distracted driving citations issued only 30 represent a second offense, and 25 indicate a third citation. The fines for offenses are $112.00 for a driver without any points on their driving record, a second offense is $192.00 and all subsequent offenses are $352.00.
Nevada State Troopers recall that most distracted driving cell phone citations were issued when a driver was stopped at a red light and believed it to be permissible to check messages, emails and more. In Nevada, laws state that smartphone mapping programs can only be used when voice-activated and the phone is in a cradle. NHP spokesman Chuck Allen said that people who want to talk on their cell phones while driving need to use Bluetooth or something else to make the calls hands-free.