***Editor’s note: This law does not apply to Hawaii or any of its counties.***
LAS VEGAS (CNN/KLAS) — At 8 a.m. on April Fools’ Day, Stephanie Fragoso was at a red light when she was pulled over and cited.
“He said putting on makeup and I told him it was Chapstick,” Fragoso said.
She thought the ticket was a joke, but no one was laughing.
“He said it could have been anything, you could have been drinking water, shaving your legs,” Fragoso said.
Turns out, the citation was $200 plus points against her driving record. She was in tears for one reason: “I just wish I would have known about it.”
It’s a city and county ordinance state trooper Loy Hixson says most people don’t know about.
“It states that when a person is operating a vehicle that they must provide full attention to the driving so as not to render that action to be unsafe,” Hixson said.
In other words, you can get a ticket for anything that takes your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.
It’s one of many distracted driving tickets police statewide are writing more of, so don’t just think about electronic devices like cell phones anymore.
“They may be eating. I have seen men that are actually shaving with their electric razors and at one time, I actually… driving down the 95 and a lady had her iPad velcroed to her steering wheel and she’s watching a movie,” Hixson said.
But how far is too far?
“It may be something that a person may be having a medical condition or episode of some type and we’re not gonna obviously issue a citation,” Hixson said.
Each ticket is issued on a case-by-case basis. In this case, it’s a hard lesson Fragoso never wants to learn again.
“Sometimes I drive with my hands down here, and now I feel like they’re up here. (I’m) just a lot more conscious,” she said.