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Sheriff’s Office issues over 400 citations to drivers using handheld cell phones



zero fatalities logoThe Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has issued 449 citations from Jan. 1 through April 30 to drivers talking or texting on their handheld cell phone devices.

Nevada State Law prohibits the use of any handheld cell phone while driving, and it is punishable by fines of up to $250.

Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley wants the public to know he fully supports the State of Nevada’s traffic safety goal of zero fatalities on Nevada roadways.  He believes this goal can be achieved if drivers eliminate distractions and focus on the road.

However, he has observed that too many motorists are still willfully taking the risk of driving distracted.

“My office will continue enforcing traffic laws because I want Nevada roadways and highways to be as safe as they possibly can be, however, I urge those who continue to risk their lives and the lives of others to consider the most devastating consequences.  Maybe then, drivers will understand that the consequence outweighs the importance of using a phone and change their driving behavior,” Haley said.

For more information on Zero Fatalities – Drive Safe Nevada, visit http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/.

To help reach Zero Fatalities, follow these five safety tips:

  1. Always buckle up
  2. Don’t drive impaired
  3. Focus on the road
  4. Stop on red
  5. Be pedestrian safe

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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