For Immediate Release
PR #:1300049
Date Issued:May 10, 2013 - 2:29pm

Sheriff's Office issues over 400 citations to drivers using a handheld cell phone, however problem is much greater

WHEN:449 citations from January 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013
CONTACT:Deputy Armando Avina - Public Information Officer
911 Parr Blvd Reno, NV 89512
Office 775-328-6370


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has issued 449 citations from January 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013 to drivers talking or texting on their handheld cell phone device. 

Nevada State Law prohibits the use of any handheld cell phone while driving and 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, Sheriff Haley 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," Sheriff Haley said.

For more information on Zero Fatalities - Drive Safe Nevada:

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 Chuck Allen is the 26th 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 Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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