In 2021, Virginia’s new law prohibited the use of a handheld cell phone while driving. Since it is now a primary offense, a law enforcement officer does not need any other reason to pull you over. For this offense, depending on whether it is your first or a subsequent one, you will have to pay a fine that ranges between $150 and $250. However, if you were also driving recklessly at the time of the offense, the penalties are substantially steeper.
Getting a ticket is not the worst thing that can happen to those who use their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. You could also get involved in a serious accident, resulting in injuries to you and others on the road.
The Dangers of Using a Phone and Driving
Distracted driving is quickly becoming a common cause of serious accidents on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), more than 3,100 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2019. Additionally, those between the ages of 16 and 24 tend to engage in this dangerous habit the most.
Here are some tips for staying safe on the road:
- While you are driving, let your calls go unanswered
- If you are using a GPS, set up directions before you start driving
- If you need to make an emergency call, pull over someplace safe
- Check your calls or texts either when you make a rest stop or arrive at your destination
Even though it may seem like any of these tasks will only take a few seconds to do, any time your attention is divided while driving, there is a high risk for a serious accident. Put your phone away or on a “do not disturb” setting while you are driving and stay safe.
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