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Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Ban Handheld Cellphone Use Behind the Wheel

Virginia state senators have voted to outlaw any handheld use of cellphones while driving. Currently, Virginia law enforcement can only pull drivers over for texting while driving.

Police say that under the current law, it’s difficult to enforce and convict drivers for texting while behind the wheel. Because of this difficulty, law enforcement has largely abandoned ticketing for this offense.

The new proposal bans cellphone use that is not voice-activated or hands-free. A first offense would include a $125 fine and a traffic violation, with a $250 fine for subsequent offenses.

Exceptions to this law would include those in Department of Transportation vehicles, those responding to an emergency, and those in a stopped or parked vehicle.

While there are many supporters of the bill, there are also many who are against it. Those who oppose the bill argue that the new law would be too invasive and burdensome for drivers who can’t afford new phones, headsets, or phone mounts.

The Senate vote was a happy surprise for safe driving advocates. Despite eleven Republicans voting against the bill, the bill is on its way to the House to be reviewed.

What to Know About Distracted Driving
A person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes. Impaired driving and distracted driving are some of the leading causes of car accidents. And cell phones aren’t the only cause of distracted driving. Other forms of distracted driving include acts like:

  • Eating and drinking
  • Doing hair or makeup
  • Browsing the internet
  • Looking for something in the vehicle
  • Talking to passengers
  • Changing the radio station

Unfortunately, an accident caused by distracted driving can lead to serious injuries. If you’re in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, it’s important to consult a car accident attorney. Trying to manage a car accident lawsuit without the help of a lawyer can prove to be difficult. This is particularly true when trying to deal with insurance companies, who don’t always have their client’s best interest in mind.

Distracted driving can lead to serious accidents that can lead to significant injuries and damages. Medical expenses can pile up, leaving the victim in debt, especially if they’re unable to go back to work right away.

In choosing to work with a car accident attorney, victims of a distracted driving accident have a better chance of receiving compensation. Compensation may be given for medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle damage, and pain and suffering. If you’ve been the victim of an accident caused by distracted driving, a car accident attorney can help make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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