Texting while Driving a Major Danger on Nevada Roads

April 29th, 2010 by Farhan Naqvi in Traffic Laws

Texting while driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving, according to Car and Driver Magazine. You read that statement correctly. Whipping out your cell phone and texting is actually riskier than getting behind the wheel of a car after you’ve had a few adult beverages.

Why is texting and driving so dangerous? Because it involves taking your eyes off the road and distracts you from potential road hazards and sudden maneuvers by other cars, trucks, SUVs, and all other motor vehicles that inhabit the roadways.

What’s truly disturbing is the fact that texting while driving has become so commonplace for young drivers. I see them on Interstate 15 (I-15) and Interstate 95 (I-95) all the time texting away. A new generation of Nevada drivers is putting their lives at risk (along with yours) by talking and texting on their cell phones, paying less attention to the road and creating a volatile atmosphere where a major car wreck can occur. This could help explain why distracted driving is the No.1 cause of car crash deaths in Nevada, according to handsfreeinfo.com.

Unfortunately, there are no laws in Nevada restricting texting while driving. This is despite multiple states passing new laws restricting cell phone use in cars, a national campaign highlighting the dangers of texting and driving, and even Oprah writing an Op-Ed about the safety risks associated with texting while behind the wheel.

Here’s a video illustrating what can happen when you text and drive…

Nevada lawmakers need to take serious action on this important safety issue. Too many Nevadans are suffering serious injuries in car accidents that may have been prevented if the at-fault driver simply wasn’t texting.


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