As NC car accident injury attorneys we applaud the North Carolina state troopers who are cracking down on distracted drivers. Reports say that distracted drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. Drivers can face stiff fines if caught texting while driving. Every year, more than 3,000 people are killed and another 420,000 people are injured in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. Texting and driving has been illegal in Virginia since 2009. Last year, the state passed a law that made the activity a primary offense, meaning it is something that police can actually pull you over for, like they can for running a stop sign or speeding. Often times car accidents are caused by a driver not paying attention to driving. Police want people to put away their devices while driving and just stay focused on the road.