Some troubling statistics have just been released. According to the University of Nevada, Reno campus, researchers found that 27% of Nevada drivers continue to use cell phones while driving despite the new law against it that went into effect at the beginning of the year that provides for steep fines to violators.
That equates to slightly over one in four Nevadans continuing to use their cell phone while driving.
Even more disturbing is that 13% send text messages or e-mails while driving,
Authorities gave Nevadans some breathing room before the new law was implemented.
In October of last year, police officers started stopping people and warning them, however no tickets were given out until January 1 of this year.
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I, for one, prior to the new law being implemented, ALWAYS used a cell phone while driving. Always. It was the exception if I was not chatting away while driving. Sometimes, I even used two phones; a personal cell and a work cell and I must admit I even texted while driving.
Once the new law was passed, I immediately upgraded my Bluetooth headset and fully complied with the law. Fully. For the most part, I simply stopped using my phone while driving.
Personally and if I am being totally honest, I am not even sure if I agree with the law, however, it is the law and as responsible citizens, we are expected to comply. So I have fully complied.
Each day when I am driving around the valley, I see a number of people still talking on their cell phones without using a hands-free device so I am really not that surprised at the results.
Based on what I have seen, I thought the total would be higher.
Hopefully the compliance rates will increase.