Handheld cell use illegal when driving

Date Published: 2013-01-02

Contact: Jeremie Elliott

Phone: 702-533-6981

Title: Nevada Highway Patrol Kicks Off New Year With Zero Tolerance on I-15 from Las Vegas to Primm

Story Text:

The Nevada Highway Patrol is starting the new year by targeting the highly-traveled Interstate 15 corridor from Las Vegas to Primm, NV with a new Zero Tolerance

Zone Campaign.  Starting Jan. 1, 2013, the Nevada Highway Patrol will crack down on all traffic violations to reduce fatalities and injuries due to collisions from the California

state line to Las Vegas.

Also known as the Primm District, an average of 43,864 vehicles pass through the area every day.

In the past five years, Troopers have responded to a total of 877 crashes in the Primm District.  Twenty three of those crashes resulted in a fatality and 45 of them involved


“The goal is to educate commuters on the most dangerous and accident-causing violations on this highly-traveled stretch of highway,” said Trooper Jeremie Elliott.  “Common infractions including driving under the influence, cell phone use, speeding, or simply not wearing a seatbelt often lead to disastrous and deadly mistakes.”

The campaign will also utilize the DMS electronic freeway signs which will flash the message "Entering NHP Zero Tolerance Zone" to remind drivers to be safe.