RENO — Attorney Lindsay Eaton and paralegal Kristin Smith of the Las Vegas law office of White & Wetheral will focus on the dangers and penalties associated with distracted driving at the Washoe Zephyrs Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) networking meeting today at the Claim Jumper Restaurant at 4905 S. Virginia St.
Distracted driving involves texting, surfing the Internet, playing games and talking on cell phones without a hands-free device while operating a vehicle, and became a fineable offense in Nevada as of Jan. 1. Aside from being illegal, distracted driving is dangerous and is responsible for more than 3,500 crashes in Nevada each year, with more than 60 deaths reported over the last five years, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Studies have shown that drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves and others.
Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and the presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The dinner meeting costs $23 and reservations can be made by contacting Betty Mullins at 329-3026, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Non-members are welcome to attend.
The Washoe Zephyrs Chapter of ABWA represents the northern Nevada area and meets the third Tuesday of each month. For information about membership, contact Jackie Frady, membership co-chair, at the National Automobile Museum at 333-9300.