Handheld cell use illegal when driving

Date Published: 2011-11-01

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: New Reno Traffic Cameras Now Available

Story Text:

Reno motorists can now view current freeway travel conditions on-line through the Nevada Department of Transportation’s new traffic cameras.


     More than 20 cameras stationed along Interstate 80 and U.S. 395 through the heart of Reno provide nearly up-to-the-second views of travel conditions. To view, users simply log onto www.nevadadot.com and select “Traffic Cameras” under traveler information.


     “The cameras are an important way for drivers to make decisions based on road conditions,” NDOT Director Susan Martinovich explained. “Is there an incident blocking the freeway, or perhaps extreme weather conditions? Knowing that before driving helps motorists detour the area, which makes for an easier commute and safer roadways.”


     The cameras are also used to assist NDOT’s Reno traffic operations center. The traffic cameras are part of NDOT’s statewide network of Intelligent Transportation Systems, including freeway digital message signs, Highway Advisory Radio, freeway ramp meters and more than 100 Las Vegas traffic cameras hosted in partnership with local cities and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. Future cameras are planned for other areas of the state. The cameras are not recorded and, by Nevada law and Federal Highway Administration guidelines, cannot be used for traffic enforcement.


     Road conditions are also available through NDOT’s existing 511 Nevada Travel Info system. Motorists can log onto www.nvroads.com or dial 511 toll-free, 24 hours a day for automated road conditions, weather forecasts, scheduled event road closures and construction updates.  Out-of-state callers can dial 1-877-NV-ROADS to receive the same information.


     For safety, all users are reminded to view travel conditions before driving. Use of a handheld cell phone or similar device while driving is prohibited in Nevada.