LAS VEGAS (PIX11) — A Nevada woman landed in trouble with a state trooper allegedly because she was using Chapstick while driving.
It happened about 8 a.m. on April 1. Stephanie Fragoso was stopped at a red light at the I-15 and Blue Diamond when she was pulled over and cited, according to PIX11 News’ sister station KLAS.
“He said putting on makeup, and I told him it was Chapstick,” Fragoso said.
At first, Fragoso thought the ticket was a joke.
“He said it could have been anything, you could have been drinking water, shaving your legs,” the driver said.
The citation carried a $200 fine and points against her driving record. She said she had no idea about the city and county ordinance that prohibited her from applying her Chapstick while behind the wheel.
Trooper Loy Hixson said she’s not alone.
“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, drivers in the area can get a ticket for anything that takes their eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.
Fragoso’s was one of many distracted-driving tickets police in Nevada are writing more of.
Drivers “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.
He said each ticket is issued on a case-by-case basis. In this case, it’s a hard lesson Fragoso said she never wants to learn again.
“Sometimes I drive with my hands down here and now I feel like they’re up here; just a lot more conscious,” she said.