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Nevada becomes 34th state to ban texting while driving

Posted On Wed, June 22, 2011

Another state is restricting drivers from texting while driving, as Nevada has become the latest state to adopt the ban. But state officials have taken it one step further, outlawing motorists from being able to use their cell phones while driving as well.

Ray LaHood, Secretary of the Department of Transportation, praised Nevada's governor for supporting driver safety.

"I commend Governor [Brian] Sandoval for signing legislation that will help save lives and put a stop to dangerous distracted driving behavior on Nevada roads," said LaHood. "In a split second, the consequences of texting behind the wheel can be devastating. There's no call or text so important that it can't wait."

The move makes Nevada the 34th state to ban texting while driving and the ninth to forbid drivers from using a hand-held cellphone behind the wheel.

Violators will be penalized $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $250 if they're ticketed a third time for cellphone use. Auto insurance premiums may also increase as a result of the infractions.

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