National Safety Council Calls for nationwide ban on cell phones for drivers
Most of us are guilty of doing but one false move and it could be a deadly situation.
We're talking about using cell phones while driving.
And now, a national group is calling for a total nationwide ban on cell phones behind the wheel.
Action News Anchor, Tiffani Sargent explains what's behind the proposal and why it could take years to pass.
In 2001 it was a mangled mess.
Two people were killed after a woman talking on her cell phone, blew through a red light and slammed into their car on the 215.
Trooper Kevin Honea of the Nevada Department of Public Safety says it's a bigger problem than we'll ever be able to quantify.
National studies estimate that cell phone use on the road is being blamed for at least 2,600 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries.
And that's why the National Safety Council is calling for a total ban on cell phone use behind the wheel.
Here, in the state of Nevada you can't simply be pulled over for talking on the cell phone while you're driving, but N-H-P says those people who are on the cell phone while they're driving often drive like they're intoxicated.
Trooper Honea says that every single hazardous moving violation that they see drivers commit because they're on their cell phones, they can pull drivers over for each and every one of those violations.
Meantime, at Wireless Toyz on Spring Mountain Road, owner, Chris Piazza says he encourages everyone to use a hands-free device while driving or to simply pull over and make that call.
Right now in California and many other states, they've already banned hand-held cell phones and many drivers have already been warned.
Robert Ford who lives part-time in the Golden State says he was pulled over on Sunday and told to get off the phone or they'd issue him a ticket for $200.00.
Still, others like Marilyn Martinez say they never use the cell phone while on the road because it's just not worth the risk, especially if children are on board.
Right now the National Safety Council is the first major national safety group to call for a total ban on cell phone use for drivers.
Group members say it could take years, but they'll continue pushing for it, one state at a time.
Stay with Action News for any new developments concerning our own state cell phone laws.