Understanding Nevada traffic laws makes you a safer driver. Unfortunately, not all drivers on our roads know the basic rules of the roads. If you need to brush up, here are the six Nevada driving laws that everyone in the state must know:
1) Are Cell Phones Legal While Driving in Nevada?
Hand-held cell phones and devices are not allowed in the state. You cannot use hand-held devices to text, talk, surf the internet or for other reasons. You can use hands-free devices, however, and you can use your hands to activate apps on your hands-free device to start calls. You can also use your hands to turn the devices on and off. Exceptions to the hands-held device ban can be made in the event of serious emergencies — such as calling to report a crime or calling 911 for a medical emergency.
If you violate texting and hand-held device bans in Nevada, you face a $50 fine for your first offense and $100 for the next. All subsequent fines are $250, although fines are doubled in work areas.
2) Bicycle Traffic Laws in Nevada
If you are driving and passing a bicycle, move to a neighboring lane on the left if possible. If this is not possible, maintain at least three feet of distance. If you are bicyclist, you must obey all traffic signs and rules of the road.
3) DUI Laws
The DUI legal limit in Nevada is .08 percent blood alcohol level or any amount of a controlled substance for adult, non-commercial motorists. For young drivers under the age of 21, the DUI legal limit is .02. In Nevada, drivers cannot refuse breath, blood or urine tests used for drunk driving. If a police officer asks for these tests, drivers must comply.
4) Teen Driving Laws in Nevada
For the first six months after getting a driver’s license, teen drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to have any passengers younger than 18 years of age. In addition, drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to drive between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., unless they are headed to a school or work activity.
5) Move Over and Car Accident Laws
If you are in a minor accident where no one was hurt, you must move somewhere where your cars won’t block traffic. You’re only expected to move over if no one was injured and if it safe for you to move.
If you are approaching an emergency vehicle which is stopped and has its lights flashing, you need to slow down to a speed below the speed limit and be ready to stop. If you can, the law requires you to move to a different lane so you are further away from any emergency vehicles. If an officer is directing traffic around the scene, follow the officer’s directions.
If your car collision involves damages of $750 or more, you must report your accident to the DMV. You have ten days to file the paperwork with the DMV if no police officer investigated the collision.
Children under the age of seven and under 60 pounds are required by Nevada law to be placed in a certified child restraint system. Children under the age of eight are not allowed to be left alone in a car if there is a health or safety risk to the child.
The only exception to this is if someone who is at least 12 years old is watching or supervising the child. Children must not be transported in the back of a pickup or flatbed truck unless transportation is for a farming, ranching or parade activity or the child is in a camper shell or slide-in camper.
If you have been injured by a driver who disobeyed these or other Nevada driving rules, contact Dallas Horton & Associates for legal advice. Our attorneys may be able to represent you and offer you caring and professional legal support. We aggressively fight for your rights and send a strong message to the unsafe drivers on our roads.