Help Us Prevent Distracted Driving

Nevada has joined the efforts of many states to ban texting and cell phone use while driving by implementing a new “No Texting While Driving” law. Effective January 1, 2012, a person may be stopped and cited for using his or her cell phone while driving.

Violators of law will be fined:

  • First offense will result in a $50 fine
  • Second offense will result in a $100 fine
  • Third offense will result in a $250 fine

Senate Bill 140 formed the foundation for the current cell phone law, which was approved by Governor Sandoval. The Assembly voted to pass the bill on May 30, 2011 and the Senate signed off on it on June 4, 2011.

The Ban States:

  • Drivers cannot: “Manually type or enter text into a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device, or send or read data using any such device to access or search the Internet or to engage in non-voice communications with another person, including, without limitation, texting, electronic messaging and instant messaging.”
  • Drivers cannot: “Use a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device to engage in voice communications with another person, unless the device is used with an accessory which allows the person to communicate without using his or her hands, other than to activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.”

According to Nevada Department of Transportation, there are more than 3,500 distraction-related crashes throughout Nevada every year, with more than 60 deaths reported in the past five years. The emotional and physical impact of injuries caused by distracted drivers is serious. At Wetherall Group, Ltd., we sue distracted drivers and are fully committed to helping you or your loved one get the compensation you deserve.

That’s why we say “Eyes Up, Phones Down.” We urge you to drive responsibly and we encourage you to take our pledge to eliminate distracted driving. For every person who takes our pledge, Wetherall Group, Ltd. will make a donation to State of Nevada – Victims of Crime Program. Together we can fight to stop distracted driving.

Statistics:

Read the Study

  • According to NHTSA data, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving in 2009. (NHTSA)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)
  • Using a cell phone while driving – whether it’s hand-held or hands-free delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (University of Utah)

Help Us Stop Distracted Driving

Click the link below to take the free pledge to stop distracted driving yourself. A donation will be made to the State of Nevada’s Victims of Crime Program in recognition of your pledge.