In Western Nevada, law enforcement cracks down on distracted drivers Feb. 1st-19th

Law enforcement officers statewide are combining efforts for the next three weeks to focus on distracted drivers.

NHP Trooper Matt McLaughlin said the primary problem is drivers using their cell phones. Cell phone use, he pointed out, is a primary offense. That means unlike seatbelt violations that only happen when a driver is stopped for some other infraction, an officer can stop drivers if he sees them handling the cellphone while on the road.

As McLaughlin was explaining that rule while driving down the highway himself, he interrupted the interview to say, “there goes one now.”

He terminated the conversation saying, “I have to pull someone over.”

The Joining Forces Event runs from Feb. 1-19 in western Nevada.