Nevada Laws

Right of Way At A 4 Way Stop in Las Vegas, NV

I recently represented a client in a situation that many of us have been in on more than one occasion. You arrive at a stop sign at the same time as someone else and do the “is it my turn? It’s your turn? But I’m on the right… But you don’t know who gets to go first. You’re going? You’re not going? Ok, I’ll go.” What should have been a few second stop at a 4-way turns into what seems like an hour-long ordeal about who paid attention in driver’s ed class.

Sadly, the situation my client found himself in didn’t end so humorously. The plaintiff (my client) was driving down a residential street in Clark County, Nevada. He pulled up to a stop sign and, after a full stop, proceeded into the intersection. At the same time, the defendant attempted to make a left hand turn, failing to yield to the plaintiff’s right-of-way.

Doesn’t seem like a big deal, and it’s a situation we’ve all been in, right? Wrong. In this case, the defendant’s car plowed into the plaintiff’s resulting in very serious spinal injuries.

I went into the courtroom and proved that the plaintiff’s injuries were a result of the defendant’s negligence and that they broke the law when they failed to yield the right-of-way to the plaintiff. The argument was settled for $1.2 million dollars to cover (among other things) the medical charges that my client sustained as a result of the accident.

If you find yourself in a situation like this one, please call my office and let me provide you a free consultation for your case. No matter how small or large your case, you deserve to have someone represent you that has a proven track record in a situation like yours.

Dallas Horton is one of the top personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada. He specializes in personal injury, accidents, and wrongful death cases. He has been practicing law for over 15 years and has won millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. For more information or to contact Dallas Horton & Associates, visit his website at GDallasHorton.com or connect with him on Twitter (@gdallashorton) or Facebook (/gdallashorton). Any information contained herein does not constitute and should not be assumed to be legal advice. The contents of this post are the personal opinions of Dallas Horton and should not be assumed to be legal counsel.

Nevada School Bus Traffic Laws

School bus traffic laws in Nevada are designed to help keep our children safe, but the laws themselves are quite involved. If you are a driver in the state, there are two main subjects you need to be aware of:

1) Stopping for a school bus in Nevada.

The rules for passing a school bus in Nevada sometimes cause confusion. School bus laws in Nevada (NRS 484.357) require you to stop at once if you see a stopped school bus with flashing red light signals to allow children on or off the bus.

If you see this, you must stop (no matter what direction you’re driving) and must not overtake or drive past the bus until the red flashing signal is turned off. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor. However, this rule does not apply to divided highways. On divided highways, if you are passing or meeting a school bus which is on the other roadway, you do not need to stop.

2) School crossing traffic laws in Nevada

The area around schools can be dangerous for children. The streets around a school may have heavy traffic, and motorists may not see children coming to and from school. During school drop-off and pick-up times, there may be more pedestrian and car traffic in these areas as well as school buses arriving and departing.

To make school zones safer for students, Nevada law states that drivers cannot drive faster than 15 miles per hour in any designated school zone, except for in certain cases. For example, well outside of school hours (more than thirty minutes after school is let out or more than half an hour before school is in session) and on days when school is not open, this rule does not have to be followed.

Some school zones in Nevada have operational speed limit beacons to make it easier for drivers to obey speed limits. If there is such a beacon in a school zone, drivers need to slow down when the beacons are flashing. In school zones where no beacon is present, there are signs indicating when a speed limit must be followed.

In addition to school zones, drivers need to be aware of school crossing zones. These zones have a speed limit of no more than 25 miles per hour during higher-traffic times. As with school zones, there are beacons or signs to remind drivers of the rules and to alert drivers when the speed limit is in effect.

What Designates a School Zone?

In Nevada, the Department of Transportation and the local government decide what areas are designated school crossing zones and school zones. They will not designate an area as a school zone, even if children and schools are nearby, if a lower speed limit would be dangerous. Usually, this happens because nearby areas have high speed limits. This means, however, that even if an area is not a designated school zone, you’ll want to use extra caution as a driver if you see children heading to and from school.

Violating school zone or school crossing zone regulations has serious consequences. Anyone who causes an accident while violating these rules faces additional penalties.

The attorneys at Dallas Horton & Associates believe we all have a role to play in keeping children safe. Our attorneys aggressively advocate on behalf of children and pedestrians injured by drivers who willfully disobey school bus regulations and other traffic laws. If you have been injured and would like justice, contact Dallas Horton & Associates to find out whether you have a cause for legal action.

Las Vegas Work Zone Driving Safety Tips

When you’re driving, encountering a road work zone can mean a delay in your schedule and some frustration. Work zones usually involve barriers and can even require you to come to a full stop. However, work zones don’t exist as an inconvenience for you. The workers who are in these areas are making the roads safer.

Sadly, statistics show that an average of three a people a day are killed in work zone accidents in this country. In 2011, Nevada alone saw nearly 700 collisions in construction and maintenance work zones. In many cases, simply following a few common-sense work zone driving safety tips can help you drastically reduce the risk of pedestrian or car accident in these areas.

Work Zone Driving Safety

The Nevada Departmnt of Transportation (DOT) offers a few work zone driving tips for motorists in the state:

  • Reduce distraction. Put your whole focus on the road and drive defensively, thinking a few moves ahead.
  • Slow down. There may be pedestrians and workers walking around the work zone as well as other drivers. Slowing down ensures you have lots of time to stop if you need to.
  • Stay calm. It can be frustrating to be stuck in traffic because of construction work, but staying relaxed and focused is better for your health and reduces your risk of a collision.
  • Get ready for the unexpected. Construction areas sometimes mean the unexpected may happen. Workers may be walking near your car, a crane may move into your line of traffic, or there may be other vehicles moving through the work area. Keep alert and think ahead.
  • Avoid getting too close to cars and pedestrians. Leave plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you as well as between yourself and any workers. Work zones should have temporary barriers to protect workers, but if they don’t stay well back.
  • Obey workers and signs. Work zones generally have plenty of signs or someone directing traffic. Obey posted speed limits and directions you are given by crews. They’re there to keep you safe.

Work Zone Driving Penalties

Nevada is committed to reducing car accidents and pedestrian accidents in construction areas and protecting the workers who work in construction zones. For that reason, penalties for infractions in work zones are higher. For example, speeding in work zones results in double the speeding fines. Under Nevada Revised Statute 484.3667, speeding in marked maintenance zones or construction work zones where workers are occupied can carry a penalty of up to $1000.

Have you been injured while driving through a road work or construction work zone in Nevada? Contact Dallas Horton & Associates for a consultation. The legal team at our law firm has more than 70 years of combined experience, and we have worked to resolve more than 7,000 cases. With our caring, multilingual staff, we can offer legal advice and support if you have been injured.

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Fines for Driving While Using A Cell Phone in Las Vegas

If there is one law that on everyone’s mind, lately, it is Senate Bill 140, more commonly referred to as the “cell phone law.” I just wanted to clear up a little bit of misunderstanding and explain the law that will be impacting every driver in the state of Nevada.

The state of Nevada has gone back-and-forth on the issue of cell phones and driving for quite some time, but on June 17th, Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill requiring all Nevada motorists to operate a hands-free device when using their mobile phone. Nevada now joins 9 other states that have enacted similar laws.

This law came to fruition, in large part, because of some startling statistics on moving violations and texing. According to representatives at the Nevada Highway Patrol, there are more than 3,500 distraction-related crashes in Nevada every year, and more than 60 deaths in the past five years. While not all of these are attributed solely to mobile phone use while driving, it’s clear that being distracted by anything (your phone, your kids, your lunch) while driving impairs your judgement and response times. “Not only is it prohibited, but we want drivers to know that they are four times more likely to crash when driving while talking on a cellphone,” Nevada Department of Public Safety Director Chris Perry explained. “Driving while talking or texting can delay reaction time as much as driving legally drunk.”

The new law rolls out slowly. Starting a couple weeks ago, police officers and highway troopers can pull over drivers to warn them about the new legislation. However, no tickets or fines will be issued until January 1 of next year. But once the first of the year hits, there are some fines and penalties for drivers caught using their phone and driving: $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $250 for the third violation within 7 years. In addition, after the thrid violation, a driver’s license is revoked for a period of 6 months.

And the excuse “I wasn’t texting, I was tweeting!” won’t work. According to the Nevada State driver’s handbook:

The use of a cellular phone or other handheld wireless communications device to manually send, read, search the Internet, or to engage in non-voice communications with another person, including texting, electronic messaging and instant messaging is prohibited.

The new law does not include using a cell phone over a handsfree device such as a bluetooth headset or voice-activated commands.

This new legislation is sure to be an important one. It will change the way that we communicate on the road and, hopefully, bring down the number of distraction-related car accidents every year.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate the law and keep yourself safe while you’re on the road:

  1. Keep your eyes on the road. Your driver’s ed teacher said it over and over for a reason.
  2. Get a bluethooth headset or handsfree device and use it. Make sure it’s fully charged and that you are comfortable with it.
  3. When you get in the car, put your phone in the glove box or in a bag to minimize temptation to answer or make phone calls.
  4. Have a passenger help you with non driving-related tasks, such as directions.
  5. Do not call or text someone you know is driving at the time.

Dallas Horton is one of the top personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada. He specializes in personal injury, accidents, and wrongful death cases. He has been practicing law for over 15 years and has won millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. For more information or to contact Dallas Horton & Associates, visit his website at GDallasHorton.com or connect with him on Twitter (@gdallashorton) or Facebook (/gdallashorton). Any information contained herein does not constitute and should not be assumed to be legal advice. The contents of this post are the personal opinions of Dallas Horton and should not be assumed to be legal counsel.

Nevada Traffic Laws Everyone Should Know

Understanding Nevada traffic laws makes you a safer driver. Unfortunately, not all drivers on our roads know the basic rules of the roads. Whether you live in the state or are visiting Las Vegas, Reno or other parts of the area, knowing Nevada state driving laws keeps you safer and can help you avoid an expensive ticket.

If you need to brush up, here are Nevada and Las Vegas driving laws 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 hand-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, though these 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 a cyclist, 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 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.

Fines for DUIs in Nevada are high. A first conviction can result in fines between $400 and $1,000, as well as jail time of two days to six months, or community service. A first conviction will result in a license revocation for 90 days, as well as possible mandatory substance abuse treatment and attendance at DUI school.

A driver convicted of a second DUI within seven years will face fines of $750 to $1,000, as well as license revocation for one year, house arrest and jail sentence, as well as other restrictions.

A driver who is convicted subsequent times within seven years may need to pay fines of $2,000 to $5,000 and may face prison sentences of one to six years. In addition, a driver with more than two DUI convictions in a seven-year span will see their license revoked for three years and may have their registration suspended.

Even for a first offense, a DUI resulting in a fatality or serious injury can result in fines of $2,000 to $5,000.

In addition, Nevada makes it a violation to have an open liquor container in the vehicle. This offense carries a fine imposed by a court.

4) Teen Driving Laws in Nevada

For the first six months after getting a driver’s license, 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 p.m. and 5 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 it’s 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 10 days to file the paperwork with the DMV if no police officer investigated the collision.

6) Children

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.

7) Seat Belts

Every passenger in the front and rear seat is required to be wearing a seat belt. Child passengers who are under 60 pounds and seven years of age must be in an appropriate child safety restraint.

8) Pets

Cats and dogs may not be left unattended in a vehicle in hot or cold weather. If pets are left in the car, authorities can use force to remove the animals from the dangerous situation.

9) Licensing and Registration

In Nevada, cars need to be registered and drivers licensed in order to drive. Lack of proper license plates, registration or driver licensing can result in considerable fees. Not having a registration in the car can carry fines of $205 for a first offense, for example. If license plates are not displayed correctly, a first offense results in a fine of a $205.

Using expired or fake license plates can also lead to fines. Altered or counterfeit plates or registration, for example, can mean a $365 fine or a $425 fine for a second offense. Driving with no proof of insurance can mean a fine of $747 for a first offense.

In addition, drivers in Nevada have a limited amount of time to update their license and registration if it changes. For example, drivers must report a license change on their registration within 10 days. Failure to do so can mean a $205 fine. New Nevada residents must get Nevada license plates within 60 days of moving to the state. If you do not, you could face a $205 fine or a $230 fine for a second offense. You pay the same level of fines if you do not get a Nevada driver’s license within the first 30 days of moving to the state. If you have changed your name, you must change the name on your license within 30 days.

Even if you have a license, registration and insurance, in Nevada you can face fines and penalties if you allow someone who is not permitted to drive in Nevada to operate a motor vehicle. For example, if you allow an unlicensed person to drive, you could face penalties of $365 for a first offense and fines of $655 for a second offense.

10) Speeding Laws

In Nevada, you must obey posted speed limits. Failure to do so can carry fines of $205 for a first offense.

However, Nevada also has a Basic Rule for speed. This means drivers are responsible for driving at reasonable speeds based on road conditions, weather, traffic and other variables. Even if you are driving the posted speed limit, you may be charged in Nevada if you do not adjust your speed to account for traffic, bad weather or other factors.

11) Reckless and Aggressive Driving

Aggressive and reckless driving can involve many actions which put others at risk. For example, Nevada drivers are expected to move to a lane to the left when passing a bicycle. If this is not possible, drivers must leave at least three feet of room between their own vehicle and the bicycle. If motorists fail to follow this law and cause a bicycle accident, they can be charged with reckless driving. If a driver is found to have driven aggressively or recklessly, the courts can impose a fine and can suspend a driver’s license.

Drivers may also be charged with aggressive driving in road rage incidents or with reckless driving if they are operating their motor vehicle in an unsafe manner. For example, drivers who hang partway out of their window can be charged with reckless driving, as can drivers who engage in stunts on the roads.

12) Distracted Driving

Nevada has rules about texting or cell phone use while behind the wheel, but these are not the only distractions on the road. Any motorist who causes a crash because they are talking to passengers, trying to corral pets who are loose in the car or otherwise showing signs of distraction can be charged with distracted driving. Distracted drivers can be fined by the courts for an amount the court finds reasonable.

13) U-Turn Laws

Nevada permits U-turns in many places. However, they are prohibited in areas where a sign or signal indicates they aren’t allowed and in areas where you have less than 500 feet visible in either direction. In business areas, U-turns are not allowed unless you are on a divided highway or intersection where there is enough room for a U-turn. Fines of $230 are imposed (for a first offense) in situations where a driver fails to obey a no-U-turn sign.

14) Right Turn Laws

Nevada permits right turns on a red light. However, motorists must come to a complete stop unless there are signs to the contrary. To complete the turn, drivers must be in the farthest right lane and must yield to all pedestrians and traffic.

15) Driverless Car Laws

Nevada was one of the first states in the country to permit autonomous cars. These cars use artificial intelligence and sensors to operate, and they create some unique challenges legally. In Nevada, motorists must have a driver’s license endorsement to operate this kind of vehicle, and must have a certificate of compliance for the vehicle, as well as meeting other requirements. The certificate of compliance will outline how the vehicle can and cannot be operated. For legal purposes, the operator of the vehicle is considered the driver, with all the duties of such, even if he or she is not actively driving the car. Drivers must also meet additional requirements, including getting special plates for their autonomous vehicle.

16) School Bus Laws

If you are driving behind a school bus in Nevada and the vehicle stops to let children get on or off the bus, you must stop when the bus starts to flash its red lights. If you are on a divided highway with a physical barrier, you will not have to stop if you are moving in the opposite direction from the bus. Otherwise, you will have to stop, no matter which way the bus is driving.

17) Driver Training Laws

If you live in Nevada and wish to obtain a license, you must meet driver training laws. Nevada law requires that anyone under the age of 18 who applies for an instruction permit provide a DMV-301 form, signed by a school official, proving that the minor attends school. If you are under the age of 18 but have completed your schooling, you must submit either a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Driver instruction is required in the state. You can meet this requirement by either:

  • Taking classes at a DMV-approved school or DMV-approved online school
  • Completing 100 hours of behind-the-wheel driving, including proving your ability to drive in the dark. This is only an option if the other two solutions are not possible because of your place of residence.

If you live within 30 miles of a DMV-approved school and are a teenager, you must complete at least 50 hours of driving experience with a qualified supervisory driver. This is in addition to meeting other training requirements.

18) Traffic Signs and Signals

Nevada motorists must obey all posted traffic signs and signals, whether they are residents or visiting. In cases of construction sites or accidents, temporary signs may be posted, or police officers may be directing traffic. If this is the case, obey the temporary signs or police, even if they are giving directions contradicting the posted signs. Disobeying traffic signs carries penalties, which become higher in work zone areas.

In some cases, traffic lights may not be working. When this occurs, drivers approaching the lights must come to a full stop and must treat the light as a flashing light. That is, they must yield to drivers already in the intersection, as well as pedestrians. After yielding, drivers may proceed through the light with caution.

19) Railway Crossings

Railway crossings in Nevada may be marked with lights, signs or signals. If you approach a train track and a bar is lowered, you may not proceed, even if you do not see a sign. If you approach tracks and see no bar or lights, proceed only if you determine no train is crossing. In situations where a signal light is flashing, you may proceed if no train is approaching.

20) Right-Of-Way

Nevada indicates who has right of way, but these rules are often guides. The state does not grant road users right of way via the law. However, in some cases drivers must yield to certain users of the road. For example, if a visually impaired pedestrian approaches an intersection with a cane, guide dog or stick on any road or highway in Nevada, all drivers must yield and must take all precaution to avoid causing injury.

21) Insurance

All drivers in Nevada must have auto insurance secured through a company approved to do business in the state, and must meet specific minimum requirements. As of 2017, for example, insured drivers were required to carry at least $15,000 of coverage for fatalities or physical injury for each passenger of each crash, and $10,000 for property destruction in any one crash.

22) Drugged Driving Laws

Nevada has a zero-tolerance policy for drugged driving. If a motorist is above a certain state level for a controlled substance, they can be charged, even if they are permitted to use the drug or if they were not driving recklessly. The amount of drugs needed for a charge varies depending on the drug and the test administered. A driver with 150 nanograms of cocaine in a urine analysis or 50 nanograms in a blood test is in violation of the law. Similarly, a motorist who is shown to have 10 nanograms of marijuana through a urine sample or two nanograms in a blood sample is breaking the law and may be charged.

23) Red Lights

Nevada requires cars to stop at a red light. Failure to do so can result in $1,000 in fines, as well as four demerit points. However, there is no regulation about driving through a yellow light. If you drive into an intersection when the light is yellow, you have not broken the law.

Nevada does not permit red-light cameras. To be fined for running a red light, you must be charged by a police officer or authority with the ability to charge you. You will not get a ticket from a red-light camera company when driving in Nevada.

The High Cost of Breaking Traffic Laws in Nevada

Nevada state driving laws apply throughout the state, from Las Vegas to Reno to remote communities. Violations of driving laws can lead to accidents, and even in cases where you do not cause injury, they can be costly. Become familiar with Nevada traffic violation codes and regulations if you will be driving in the state. Breaking the rules can result in fines, penalties and even jail time.

If you are a resident of Nevada, breaking traffic rules in the state can cost you points on the demerit system. Depending on the traffic violation, you gain up to eight points if you are convicted of a traffic violation. For example, reckless driving earns you eight points, and speeding can earn between one and five demerit points. You can remove three of these, in some cases, by attending traffic school. Accumulating points can count against you if you are charged with additional offenses, and can also affect insurance rates.

In addition to the cost of demerit points and fines, violating the law can cost you in other ways. Being stopped for a traffic violation can be time-consuming. If you decide to challenge the charge, court fees and legal costs can add to the expense of the violation. If your car is impounded or your license is suspended, you will need to pay additional fees to get your license or car back.

Nevada driving laws exist to keep everyone safe. 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.

Dallas Horton, Esq. Selected for Trademark Who’s Who Honors

The whole team here at Dallas Horton and Associates are extremely proud and excited to share that as of February 5th, 2016, our Firm’s founder, Mr. Dallas Horton has been selected for inclusion in the Trademark Who’s Who Honors Edition! This award is given to those who demonstrate dedication, leadership, and personal excellence.

 

Who's Who Award Honoring Personal Injury Attorney Dallas Horton in 2016
Who’s Who Award Honoring Personal Injury Attorney Dallas Horton in 2016

Nevada Laws and Requirements for Mature Drivers

As the oldest of the baby boomers hit age 70, and their hearty parents creep into their 80s and 90s, many people have questions about whether the elderly should be driving. Is it safe for older people to be on the road? What sort of laws govern mature drivers? Can a family member have an older relative’s license taken away in order to protect them?

Chances are you or someone you know has wrestled with these issues. This can be a sensitive issue within families. Older people understandably may not appreciate when a younger family member suggests they are no longer capable of driving, but the concern usually comes from a place of love. The younger person may be worried about their relative hurting themselves or someone else. Doing nothing in this situation could lead to tragic circumstances.

Handling this issue in a sensitive and caring manner can help lead to solutions that work for everyone. Knowing the laws in Nevada will give your family the right information to make decisions. Whether you’re a parent who wants to prove to your child that the law is on your side when it comes to driving or you’re a child worried about your elderly parent’s eyesight, this guide can help you determine whether you need to take legal action. The laws are in place to help reduce the number of car accidents and protect other drivers on the road.
The Lowdown on Driving Over the Age of 70 in Nevada

In Nevada, older drivers are subject to special requirements. The aim of these laws is to find and remove unsafe drivers from the road as they age. Though state laws do not bar people of any age from getting a license, the requirements become stricter as you get older. Here are a few of the rules that apply to older drivers.

More Frequent In Person License Renewals: People under 65 renew their driver’s license in person every eight years in Nevada. Those over 65 are required to do so every four years. This allows the DMV to keep closer tabs on older drivers.
Vision Tests for Those Over 65: A vision test must be taken at every license renewal for those over 65. This can be at the DMV, or a driver may submit a driver exam certificate signed by a physician or optometrist testifying to the quality of their eyesight.
Written or Road Tests to Renew a Driver’s License: The DMV may administer either a written driver’s test or a road test, or both, to those over 65 seeking to renew their licenses. These tests can be requested based on the individual’s driving or medical history.
Physicals for Older Drivers: The Nevada DMV will ask drivers over the age of 70 to get a physical evaluation form filled out. It asks the driver’s physician to point out any conditions or concerns that should prevent the license seeker from driving. It also asks about any medications the person may be taking that could impair ability to drive.

What Are the Senior Driving Requirements in Nevada?

A person over the age of 65 may have their license renewed but still be subject to restrictions levied by the DMV based on the tests and visual assessments given during the renewal process. The most frequent restriction is preventing an older adult from driving unless they wear their glasses or contact lenses. These improve the driver’s eyesight, obviously, and lead to fewer accidents, as well as helping drivers to read street signs.

A number of other restrictions may be imposed as well. These include:

Driving during daylight hours only
Driving under 45 mph only
Staying off freeways
Adding a right-side mirror to the car to improve visibility
Only driving when wearing a prosthetic device

Can Elderly People Drive in Las Vegas?

The driving age limit in Las Vegas is the same as in the rest of the state. As long as a driver has fulfilled the requirements of the DMV and received a Nevada license, there are no driving restrictions in Las Vegas.
Getting an Elderly Person’s License Taken Away in Nevada

While the DMV clearly makes an effort to keep people over age 70 from renewing their licenses if they are unfit to drive, sometimes there may be cases when more proactive measures are needed to get drivers off the road. If a family member will not surrender their license voluntarily, you may choose to report them to the DMV.

You may obtain a Request for Re-Evaluation form from the DMV, asking that a particular driver be re-examined. You must fill out a reason for the request, such as the driver getting into an accident or breaking a traffic law. You also need to submit:

The reason for your concern, such as an emerging disability or the onset of dementia
Incidents that sparked your worries, including dates
Any witnesses to those incidents

You must get the form notarized or sign it in front of an employee from the DMV. A doctor’s affidavit must be submitted along with the form, stating that the person’s license should be taken away.

A DMV representative may also report a driver they believe to be unsafe, which could result in the driver being required to take a physical or be evaluated by a mental health professional. A law enforcement officer may also complete the Request for Re-Evaluation for any driver they believe may be unfit to drive.
Get Help Removing an Unsafe Driver From the Road With Dallas Horton & Associates

It can be difficult to broach the topic of driving with your elderly loved one. You may be worried about hurting their feelings or stirring resentment. However, it’s important to keep them and others on the roads safe from potential accidents.

If you want assistance in getting your elderly parents or grandparents to stop driving, contact Dallas Horton & Associates. We can assist you with all the legal aspects of your task and ensure your loved one does not hurt anyone. You can rest easy knowing they are out of harm’s way.

We can also assist elderly people who believe they are being unfairly targeted for license suspension. Talk to us to find out how you can keep your license and continue to drive.

Get in touch with us today for a free consultation, or give us a call at 702-830-4922.

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