"Don't Text and Drive Pledge Day" Declared in Nevada
Governor Brian Sandoval declared Wednesday, September 19th, 'Don't Text and Drive Pledge Day' in Nevada.
He's asking all of us to take an online pledge, promising not to use our phones behind the wheel.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Barbara Stapleton said she hopes the pledge encourages people to understand the importance of not using the phone and not just when the car is moving.
"Mostly, they're sitting at traffic lights or stop signs and they're texting or checking their phones and they don't realize when the car is in motion, you can't operate your phone in any fashion, whether it's to see if someone's texting you or to see if someone just called."
Stapleton said the best thing to do if you need to answer the phone or a text is pull over into a parking lot. Not on the side of the street because that is dangerous.
Also, if you don't obey the law, there are penalties.
The first offense is a $50 fine. The second is $100 and the third is $250. It can also mean points on you driving record.
Stapleton told us she hears all sorts of excuses but not one is worth risking your life of someone else's.
"Sometimes, they'll say things like, well, I was just checking the date or it's an important call. I had to take it. If it's that important, you know you just need to pull over."
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:59 AM EDT2013-05-23 06:59:26 GMT
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