Nevada is now the 34th state to ban texting while driving.
The measure, SB 140, has was approved by Gov. Brian Sandoval, who made it clear that he would support a statewide ban on text messaging while driving. The law will go into full effect Jan. 1 with warnings to be handed out in October. Fines are $50 then $100 and then $250.
Sen. Shirley Breeden was the bill’s author. Her texting bill of 2010 failed to get out of committee, but, undaunted, she added handheld cell phones to 2011 plan. “We’re going to go for the whole enchilada,” she said as the legislative year began.
DOT chief Ray LaHood issued the customary praise press release: “I commend Gov. Sandoval for signing legislation that will help save lives and put a stop to dangerous distracted driving behavior on Nevada roads.
“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.”