(Las Vegas, NV) — The Nevada Highway Patrol is stepping up efforts to nab drivers who talk or text on their hand-held cellphones.

The patrol plans a week of zero-tolerance enforcement next week in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Month.

NHP spokesman Chuck Allen says troopers continue to observe motorists texting and phoning across Nevada despite the fact the behavior became illegal 15 months ago.

Last year, they issued 12,275 citations statewide to motorists observed breaking the law. Allen says the violations appear to be continuing at the same pace with more than 2,800 citations the first three months of this year.

The first offense is a fine of $112, the second $192 and the third $350.

Allen says 32 motorists were cited twice last year and 25 of those a third time.


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