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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2011

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, ext. 13
(202)669-9746, cell

No Gamble: Nevada Enacts Texting While Driving Ban

34 States Have Acted Since 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nevada┬áhas became the 34th state to ban texting while driving for all drivers. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) congratulates┬áNevada Governor Brian Sandoval, the State Legislature and GHSA's member, the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

The new law is primary enforcement—meaning law enforcement officers can ticket a driver solely on the basis of texting while driving. The law becomes effective January 1 and includes a fine of $50 for first offense. Beginning this October, police will issues warnings to those texting and driving.

Washington State was the first state to enact a texting ban in May of 2007. Since then, 33 other states have acted. Legislation is pending in Pennsylvania, and other states are considering similar laws.

Nevada also passed a law banning handheld cell phone use while driving. Eight other states have a similar law.

To help drivers make safe choices while driving, GHSA has developed 10 Tips for Managing Driver Distractions.

For a full list of state laws regulating texting and cell phone use while driving, visit: www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html.

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