LAS VEGAS – A Nevada woman recently got in trouble with a state trooper for driving while using Chapstick.
On the morning of April Fools’ Day, Stephanie Fragoso was at a red light when she was pulled over and cited.
“He said, ‘putting on makeup,’ and I told him it was Chapstick,” Fragoso said.
When she got the ticket, she thought it was a joke.
“He said it could have been anything; you could have been drinking water, shaving your legs,” Fragoso said.
The citation was $200 plus points against her driving record.
“I just wish I would have known about it,” she said.
It’s a city and county ordinance State Trooper Loy Hixson said most people don’t know about.
“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,” he said.
In other words, you can get a ticket for anything that takes your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel. It’s one of many distracted driving tickets police statewide are writing more of. So don’t just think about electronic devices like cell phones anymore.
“They may be eating. I have seen men that are actually shaving with their electric razors and at one time, I was actually driving down the 95 and a lady had her iPad velcroed to her steering wheel and she’s watching a movie,” Hixson said. “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.”
Each ticket is issued on a case-by-case basis. In this case, it’s a hard lesson Fragoso 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.