188 motorists ticketed for texting in Henderson

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HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Police say they handed out 188 summonses to motorists in Henderson for texting, checking email or using hand-held cellular phones while driving over a recent 18-day stretch.

Officers also issued 147 speeding tickets, 74 registration violations and 59 summonses to drivers who didn’t have insurance.

Henderson police spokeswoman Kathleen Richards says the enforcement effort ran from Feb. 10 to 28, and included Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and Boulder City police.

Richards says officers issued about 2,500 texting tickets to motorists in Henderson the first year after a new law took effect in January 2012.

That number fell to fewer than 2,000 in 2013.

The Joining Forces effort was paid for with an $188,000 federal grant through the Traffic Safety Office of the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

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