The Nevada Highway Patrol is working on stopping distracted driving, and apparently that includes people who apply lip balm at a red light.
Stephanie Fragoso was pulled over on April 1, but she quickly realized the officer wasn't playing an April Fools' Day prank when she received a $200 ticket, even though she explained she was just putting on lip balm and it was done at a red light.
“He said 'it could have been anything; you could have been drinking water, shaving your legs,'” she told KLAS-TV.
Under a little-known city and county ordinance, drivers can be ticketed for anything that takes their focus away from the road and their hands off of the steering wheel. “It states that when a person is operating a vehicle they must provide full attention to the driving so that it won't render that action to be unsafe,” said Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Loy Hixson.
Hixson said he’s seen it all. “They may be eating; we've seen women putting on makeup. I have seen men shaving with their electric razors," Hixson said. "One time, when I was driving down U.S. 95, I saw a lady watching a movie on her iPad and the iPad was attached to her steering wheel with Velcro.”
Hixson said tickets are issued on a case-by-case basis, but Fragoso said she’ll be more conscious of her driving habits.
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