7 Nevada Traffic Laws Drivers Commonly Ignore

Nevada drivers commonly forget vital traffic laws like the minimum speed limit and hands-free driving rules.

On the surface, Nevada’s traffic laws may seem simple and straightforward. But as any driver in Nevada will tell you, there are a few laws that are often forgotten or misunderstood.

We’ve compiled seven of the most commonly overlooked traffic laws in Nevada. Knowing these laws can help you stay safe on the road and avoid getting ticketed.

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1. Nevada Slower Traffic Keep Right Law: The “Move Over” Rule

Nevada law requires slower drivers to keep right. If you are traveling below the speed limit, you cannot drive in the far left lane if another vehicle is overtaking you from the rear.

This rule doesn’t apply if you’re passing even slower traffic or making a left turn. An exception also exists for when it’s necessary to drive in the left lane because of traffic, weather, or other hazardous conditions.

On a controlled-access highway which has two or more lanes for traveling in the same direction, a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle in the extreme left lane if the driver is traveling at a rate of speed which is less than the posted speed limit for that portion of the controlled-access highway and is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.

The requirements do not apply to a driver operating a motor vehicle that is overtaking another vehicle or preparing for a left turn at an intersection or when traffic conditions, inclement weather, obstructions or hazards make it necessary to drive in the extreme left lane.

NRS 484B.208

2. Nevada Flow of Traffic Law: The “Minimum Speed” Rule

In Nevada, it is illegal to move at such a slow speed that you delay other drivers. The traffic code also allows public authorities to establish minimum speed limits if slow speeds regularly hinder the movement of traffic.

You cannot drive slowly enough to interfere with the normal traffic flow unless you need to do so to operate your vehicle safely or follow the law. So, if everyone else is speeding, you won’t get a ticket for going the speed limit.

A person shall not drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

Whenever a public authority determines that slow speeds on any part of a highway consistently impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, such authority may establish a minimum speed limit below which no person shall drive a vehicle except when necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

NRS 484B.623

3. Nevada Driving in Left Lane Law: The “Passing on the Left” Rule

According to Nevada’s traffic laws, you must pass other drivers on the left at a safe distance. You cannot return to the right lane until you pass the other vehicle entirely.

To pass on a two-lane road, you must wait until the left lane is clear of approaching vehicles. You must be able to pass and return to the right lane without interfering with the safety of other drivers on the road.

When another car is passing you, you must yield the right of way to the other driver when you see them or hear their signal. You also cannot speed up until they have finished the pass.

The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the highway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle upon observing the overtaking vehicle or hearing a signal. The driver of an overtaken vehicle shall not increase the speed of the vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

NRS 484B.207

A vehicle must not be driven to the left side of the center of a two-lane highway and overtaking and passing another vehicle, unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken.

NRS 484B.213

4. Nevada Rear-End Collision Law: The “Following Too Closely” Rule

When driving in Nevada, make sure you leave enough room between your car and the one in front of you. The traffic code prohibits following more closely than is “reasonable and prudent.” The required distance between vehicles depends on how fast you are traveling, the condition of the road, and the current traffic.

The driver of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.

NRS 484B.127

5. Nevada Mobile Phone Driving Law: The “Hands-Free Driving” Rule

Nevada does not allow drivers to use hand-operated mobile phones while operating a motor vehicle. This means you cannot type words, send or read data, access the internet, or make calls without hands-free technology.

The law creates exceptions for certain emergency situations and reporting criminal activity.

A person shall not, while operating a motor vehicle on a highway in this State, manually type or enter text into a cellular telephone, or send or read data using any such device to access or search the Internet or to engage in nonvoice communications with another person.

A person shall not, while operating a motor vehicle on a highway in this State, use a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device to engage in voice communications with another person, unless the device is used with an accessory which allows the person to communicate without using his or her hands.

The provisions do not apply to a person who is reporting a medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity or who is requesting assistance relating to a medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity, or a person who is responding to a situation requiring immediate action to protect the health, welfare or safety of the driver or another person and stopping the vehicle would be inadvisable, impractical or dangerous.

NRS 484B.165

6. Nevada Four-Way Intersection Law: The “4-Way Stop” Rule

If two vehicles enter an intersection at about the same time in Nevada, the right-side driver gets to go first. The car to the left must yield the right-of-way.

When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.

NRS 484B.250

7. Nevada Left Turn Intersection Law: The “Right of Way” Rule

Making a legal left turn in Nevada requires you to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. If approaching vehicles are close enough to be an immediate hazard, you must let them go first. Once they have traveled through the intersection, you can complete your left turn.

The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard, but such driver, having yielded and given a signal when and as required, may make such left turn and the drivers of vehicles approaching from the opposite direction shall yield the right-of-way.

NRS 484B.253

As a responsible driver, it’s important to be aware of the traffic laws in Nevada and to obey them. By doing so, you can protect yourself and your passengers, as well as other drivers on the road.

The next time you are on the road, be sure to remember these seven Nevada traffic laws. Not only will following the law keep you safe, but it can also help to avoid a costly ticket.

Amy Grover is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, then passing the bar exam in 2014, Amy began her diverse career as a practicing attorney. Amy has a range of experience in the legal field, including work with the Department... Read More >>