Cricket Gets Nevada Drivers Up to Speed on Safe Cell Phone Use While Driving

July 14, 2011 by  

Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, is putting its full support behind Nevada’s new ”Anti-Texting While Driving” legislation with a special driving program and a discounts on a hands-free device.

The new law bans the use of handheld cell phones and text messaging while driving in Nevada. The legislation permits the use of wireless devices, such as Bluetooth, that allow drivers to use a cell phone “hands-free.”

The biggest advantages to using a hands-free device while driving include retaining a full field of vision and freedom to use both hands to control the car, which allows for a quicker response time. Cricket offers many wireless headsets that will help Nevadans comply with the new law including the Samsung WEP 480 Bluetooth Headset, the B Samsung Modus, and the Jawbone ICON.

“Cell phone use while driving is becoming more prevalent on Nevada roads every day,” said Marlon Young, Las Vegas district director for Cricket Communications. “The reality is that operating a cell phone while driving is very dangerous and can lead to accidents causing severe bodily harm or even death. Cricket aims to help reduce the number of cell phone-related accidents by giving Nevadans hands-free wireless options, such as Bluetooth headsets, that will help them comply with new state laws and to practice safe driving.”

To help get drivers up to speed now instead of when the law goes into effect on January 1, 2012, with warnings to be handed out in October, Cricket is offering a special discount on a Bluetooth device at participating Cricket locations from now until September 30th.

Nevada drivers have until October 1st to put the phone down if they don’t want to receive a warning or a ticket. Cricket Wireless is committed to encouraging drivers to use their cell phones responsibly. Look for more information on safe driving and hands-free driving programs offered by Cricket in October and continue to check for updates and new information.

Distracted drivers pose a deadly risk to everyone on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports thousands of deaths every year because of common distractions behind the wheel. The Governor’s Highway Safety Administration has the following tips to keep everyone safe on the road:

  1. Turn it off. Turn your phone off or switch to silent mode before you get in the car.
  2. Spread the word. Set up a special message to tell callers that you are driving and you’ll get back to them as soon as possible, or sign up for a service that offers this.
  3. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
  4. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call for you.
  5. X the Text. Don’t ever text and drive, surf the web or read your email while driving. It is dangerous and against the law in most states.
  6. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. Some states and localities prohibit the use of hand held cell phones.
  7. Prepare. Review maps and directions before you start to drive. If you need help when you are on the road, ask a passenger to help or pull over to a safe location to review the map/directions again.
  8. Secure your pets. Pets can be a big distraction in the car. Always secure your pets properly before you start to drive.
  9. Keep the kids safe. Pull over to a safe location to address situations with your children in the car.
  10. Focus on the task at hand. Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, reading and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

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