Traffic Laws and Traffic Safety

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Cell Phones & Texting

Texting, accessing the internet and hand-held cell phone use while driving are illegal in Nevada. (NRS 484B.165

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The fines are $50 for the first offense in seven years, $100 for the second and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses. Fines are subject to doubling if the offense occurs in a work zone. Courts may assess additional administrative fees.

The first offense is not treated as a moving violation. A second or subsequent offense carries 4 demerit points.

You can talk using a hands-free headset and, while making voice calls, touch the phone to “activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.”

Other exceptions include:

Move-Over Laws


Fender bender? Move to the shoulder. If there is damage only to a vehicle or other property (no injuries), your vehicle is obstructing traffic and the vehicle can be moved safely, move the vehicle to a location that does not obstruct traffic and then return to the scene.

See NRS Chapter 484E for more about your duties following a crash. All crashes which involve injuries or damages of $750 or more must be reported to the DMV. If a police officer does not investigate the incident, all of the involved parties must file reports on DMV Form SR-1 within 10 days.

Emergency Vehicles & Traffic Incidents

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Drivers in Nevada have certain duties when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle making use of flashing lights or any type of incident that disrupts traffic, including stalled vehicles.

In the absence of direction by a peace officer, the driver of a vehicle approaching a stopped emergency vehicle or traffic incident must:

These apply to all types of emergency vehicles including tow trucks, vehicles from the Nevada Department of Transportation displaying flashing amber lights, stalled vehicles and vehicles under repair. (NRS 484B.607, 2017 Assembly Bill 17, 2017 Senate Bill 312)

Slow-Moving Vehicles on Highways

Drivers on controlled-access highways must not drive in the far left lane if being overtaken by a faster vehicle. This law does not apply within the geographical limits or a city or town. (2017 Assembly Bill 334)

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Moped operators have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. However, moped operators have additional responsibilities based on the limitations of their vehicle. Moped operators must remain in the extreme right-hand lane of any road unless:


3 Feet for BikesMotorists passing a bicycle must move into an adjacent lane to the left, if possible. If not, the motorist must pass with at least three feet of space between the vehicle and the bicycle. (NRS 484B.270)

Motorists may be charged with reckless driving if they are at-fault in any collision with a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Penalties include a driver license suspension. (NRS 484B.280) Read more about Bicycles below.

Seat Belts & Child Safety Seats

Front and rear seat occupants of almost all passenger vehicles to wear safety belts or ride in an approved child restraint system. Vehicles 1968 and newer must be equipped with lap belts. Vehicles 1970 and newer must be equipped with lap belts and shoulder belts for the front seats.
(NRS 484D.495 and 484B.157)

4 Steps for Kids

Children under age 6 and who weigh less than 60 pounds must be in an approved child restraint system. Failure to restrain children under age 6 and weighing less than 60 pounds may result in fines, community service and or the suspension of your driver’s license. (NRS 484B.157)

Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for guidance on choosing, installing and using the right seat. See the DMV Quick Tip brochures in English and Spanish for Nevada laws. NHTSA's Parents Central has safety tips on a wide range of topics.

Kids & Pets

Never leave a child age 7 or younger unattended in a vehicle if the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of that child unless the child is being supervised by, and within sight of, a person at least 12 years old. (NRS 202.575)

It is illegal to leave a dog or cat unattended in a vehicle during periods of extreme heat or cold. Law enforcement, firefighters and other officials may use reasonable force to rescue the animal. (NRS 574.195, 2017 Senate Bill 409)

Passengers under 18 may not ride in the back of a pickup or flatbed truck. This does not apply, however, to farming and ranching activity, parades or to camper shells or slide-in campers. (NRS 484B.160)

Teen Driving Restrictions

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See Nevada Teen Driving and the DMV Quick Tip.


Drivers under 18 cannot transport any passenger under the age of 18, except for immediate family members, for the first six months after licensing.


Drivers under 18 may not drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are traveling to or from a scheduled event such as work or a school event. This curfew remains in effect until age 18.

Basic Rule

Nevada has a Basic Rule for driving at reasonable and proper speeds. This means that in addition to any posted speed limits, you must consider the amount and type of traffic, weather, road conditions and other factors. The proper speed may be considerably less than the posted limit.
(NRS 484B.600)

Right on Red

You are allowed to turn right on a red light after coming to a full stop, unless otherwise posted. You must be in the extreme right-hand lane and yield to pedestrians and all traffic moving through the intersection. (NRS 484B.307 8(c))


U-turns are generally allowed if they can be completed safely. In business areas, you must be at an intersection or on a divided highway where an appropriate opening exists. U-turns are not allowed where prohibited by a traffic sign or signal, or if there is less than 500 feet visibility in both directions. (NRS 484B.403)

School Buses

Drivers are required to stop for school buses when students are boarding and departing and when bus is displaying its flashing red lights. On divided highways with a median or other physical barrier, traffic moving in the opposite direction does not have to stop. On all other roads, traffic in both directions must stop. (NRS 484B.353)

Driving Under the Influence

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Failure to submit to a breath, blood or urine test as directed by a police officer results in a driver's license revocation of at least one year. A blood sample can be drawn involuntarily if the officer obtains a warrant or court order.

These are administrative penalties which are taken immediately. Courts impose additional criminal penalties upon conviction.

The 2017 Nevada Legislature passed new laws requiring all DUI suspects to install ignition interlock devices as a condition of receiving a restricted driver's license. Senate Bill 259 goes into effect October 1, 2018. (NRS Chapter 484C | DMV Quick Tip

Public Education Campaigns Top ↑

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Print-friendly information on a variety of specific safety topics.
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Zero Fatalities

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The Nevada Department of Transportation, the DMV and many other agencies are partners in this comprehensive, statewide effort to reduce fatalities on our roads. Volunteers are welcome!

Visit these web pages:

Yellow Dot

Yellow Dot DecalYellow Dot Nevada is a life-saving program that alerts first responders at a vehicle-incident scene that an occupant may have medical issues. This information is vital in the “golden hour” following an accident or roadside medical episode.

A yellow dot decal on the rear window of the driver’s side of the vehicle alerts first responders to check the glove compartment, where a Yellow Dot kit contains vital medical information about the driver and/or passengers.

Yellow Dot kits are free and available in locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley. See the Regional Transportation Commission for details.

Bicycles Top ↑

When bicycles are ridden with other traffic, cyclists must obey the same rules and regulations as other types of vehicles. The safe interaction between bicyclists and motorists is the responsibility of both parties.

Motorists are not allowed to intentionally interfere with the movement of a person lawfully operating a bicycle; bicyclists may not intentionally interfere with the movement of a motor vehicle.

3 Feet for Bikes

Cyclists Should:

  • Obey the law.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing.
  • Keep bikes in good repair.

Cyclists Should Not:

  • Ride on the wrong side of the road.
  • Wear a headset when riding.
  • Ride at night without required lights and reflectors.

Bicycles ridden at night must have:

  • A white lamp in the front visible from at least 500 feet away.
  • A red tail reflector visible in a vehicle’s low beams from 300 feet away.
  • Reflective material on the sides of the bike visible in low beams from at least 600 feet away or a lamp visible from both sides from 500 feet away.

Visit Bicycle Nevada for more information.