Even if you’ve been driving for years and consider yourself an expert on driving, it’s not a bad idea to re-familiarize yourself with Las Vegas driving laws to be safe on the road. Laws and circumstances change every day. Perhaps when you first acquired your driver’s license, some laws may not have gone into effect or simply didn’t apply to your situation at the time. Being up-to-date on any changes in laws can help prevent you from making a costly mistake resulting in an accident or traffic violation. Here are some basic Nevada driving laws you should be aware of:
Nevada Cell Phone Laws
Texting or otherwise accessing the internet on your cell phone while driving is strictly prohibited. Fines for the first offense, within seven years, is $50, $100 for the second, and $250 for the third and each one thereafter. While the first offense is not considered a moving violation, a second offense or more carries 4 demerit points. The point system is considered a driver improvement program wherein each violation collects points. If you have collected between 3 and 11 points, they can be removed by taking a DMV-approved traffic safety class. 12 or more points collected in a 12-month period is an automatic 6-month driver license suspension.
Child Restraint Systems & Seat Belt Laws
Both front and rear passengers must have seat belts or be properly restrained in a child safety seat. Children under the age of six and weigh less than 60 pounds must be in a proper car seat. Violation of this law can be as lenient as a fine or community service to suspension of your driver’s license.
Move Over or Slow Down
Drivers are required to decrease speed as necessary and proceed with caution when approaching an emergency vehicle or other traffic incidents such as an accident. Drivers should also be prepared to stop and if possible, move to the nearest shoulder. In accidents where there is property damage to a vehicle or other, and your vehicle is obstructing traffic, if you are able, move the vehicle to a safe area and return to where the incident occurred.
Laws On Pets and Children In Vehicles
It is unlawful to leave a child younger than the age of 7 in a vehicle unattended, especially in instances where the child’s health is at risk, unless the child is supervised by a person aged 12 and older. Children under the age of 18 are prohibited from riding in the back of a pickup or flatbed truck, except in cases of farming, ranching, or parades.
It is illegal to leave a domesticated animal such as a dog or cat unattended in a vehicle during extreme hot or cold weather. Peace officers and firefighters are authorized to use any force necessary to gain access into the vehicle to rescue the animal in danger.
Other Helpful Reminders
Certain driving laws can vary from state to state, for example, the “Basic Rule.” Most drivers should understand that all drivers should drive at reasonable speeds. This means drivers must follow all posted speed limits but also take into account the amount of traffic, weather and road conditions, and other such contributing factors. If you’re a new resident of Nevada, or simply need a refresher, here are some basic tips for driving in the Silver State:
- Right on red is permitted at all intersections unless posted otherwise. Drivers must come to a full and complete stop, yield to pedestrians, and be in the “extreme right-hand lane” before proceeding.
- U-Turns are typically permitted as long as they can be completed safely. U-turns are prohibited in areas where there is less than 500 feet of visibility in either direction or where signs indicate no U-turn.
- School Bus Safety. Motor vehicle drivers traveling in both directions are required to stop when students are boarding or disembarking from a school bus and when the bus has flashing red lights activated. In areas with a median or other physical barrier, traffic in the opposite direction is not required to stop.
Driving safely is smart and prevents accidents or the expense of a traffic ticket. When you’re driving in Nevada, be sure to follow all posted traffic speeds and use caution in all road conditions. Following these basic Nevada driving laws will keep you and your passenger’s safe while on the road. To keep your car in safe driving condition, keep up on maintenance and repairs with Sun Auto Service. We have several locations throughout the Las Vegas and Henderson areas to serve you. Schedule your next appointment for auto service today!