Cell Phones & Texting in Nevada

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Cell Phones & Texting

Texting, accessing the internet and hand-held cell phone use while driving are illegal in Nevada as of January 1st, 2012. (NRS 484B.165 | Quick Tip)

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The fines are $50 for the first offense in seven years, $100 for the second and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses. Fines are subject to doubling if the offense occurs in a work zone. Courts may assess additional administrative fees.

The first offense is not treated as a moving violation for DMV and insurance purposes. A second or subsequent offense carries 4 demerit points.

You can talk using a hands-free headset and, while making voice calls, touch the phone to “activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.”

Other exceptions include:

  • Any person reporting a medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity.
  • Drivers using a voice-operated navigation system affixed to the vehicle or those riding in autonomous vehicles.
  • Drivers using citizen band or other two-way radios that require a license and have a separate, handheld microphone.
  • Law enforcement officers, firefighters or emergency medical personnel acting within the scope of their employment.
  • Utility workers responding to an outage or emergency and using devices provided by the company.
  • Amateur radio operators providing communications services during an emergency or disaster.