Over 200 tickets issued for distracted driving in Reno today

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Updated: 4/08/2013 12:14 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- If you were driving on South Virginia near the Meadowood Mall earlier today, you may have noticed extra law enforcement out on patrol.

Officers from various agencies teamed up to target drivers using their cell phones and speeding.

Police in plain clothes and officers on bikes were patrolling the area near South McCarran and South Virginia.

Chuck Allen with Nevada Highway Patrol says there were 218 tickets issued, which included:

124 Cellphone Violations
43 Other traffic related violations
42 cited for running a red light
4 cited for not wearing a seat belt
5 pedestrians cited for J-Walking

There will be more of these distracted driver crackdowns throughout the month.

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Paladin - 4/8/2013 9:31 AM
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Studies from states where the NO cell phone use laws have been in effect for several years show LITTLE TO KNOW impact on the frequency of accidents. So does it make for safer roads? The statistics say, NO. Does it increase our revenues through fines? YES. That's the bottom line. It was put into law as a "Tax" to use your cell phone with the guise that it would impact safety.

PCavnar - 4/6/2013 5:54 PM
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All I can say is, it's about time! Since this law went into effect, I have seen more use of cell phones while driving than before this law. I have also see traffic issues where the driver is busy talking or texting and going 7-10 miles SLOWER than the rest of the traffic or, they blast through intersection lights just as the light turns red endangering others. When you're behind the wheel, that is where ALL your attention needs to be focused. If you have to make or take a call, pull over into a parking lot and stop. If you are so disrespectful of others that you demand to be on your phone while driving, then, get a Bluetooth "hands-free" phone if you must talk and drive. And, young ladies, when you get off work, call the kids or hubby BEFORE you drive out of the parking lot. It may take you a couple of minutes more but, we will all be much safer.

Kramer - 4/6/2013 1:19 PM
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Reno-Sparks is full of leadfoot/ bad attitude/ & one or more lights out.

tryng2servive - 4/6/2013 11:52 AM
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I am glad to live in a community that cares about the safety of others on the road. I was sick and tired of seeing drivers on their cell phones ALL the time. Even though it is against the law, it seems so many are still doing it. But I doubt these die hards will ever stop,no matter what. People are still going to continue to talk and text while driving any way, no matter how many times they get "caught". Whether it's eating,changing the radio, putting on makeup or daydreaming, it's all dangerous distractions while driving..keep up the good work officers !

guyvacho - 4/5/2013 5:59 PM
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keep it up. i see these morons all the time here in Carson City. the cops here are too busy with their speed trap on Carson street to notice.

RenoLocal - 4/5/2013 5:52 PM
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Unwanted armed thugs pillaging the local community for $.

Dogboy - 4/5/2013 5:26 PM
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Where can I donate to keep this enforcement permanent? Every time I see a vehicle out of control, there is a cell phone involved. That cell phone call is not worth smashing your car or worse.

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