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.
Virginia State Troopers are determined to crack down on motorists who are texting while driving. Troopers are now working in teams and are on the lookout for drivers who are guilty of distracted driving.
While one officer is driving an unmarked car, the other officer will be watching drivers in other vehicles to see if they are texting or engaged in other forbidden activity. If the team sees a driver violating the law, the officer who is not driving will attempt to photograph the driver before the officers pull the vehicle over.
In the first 12 hours of implementing the plan, officers caught a dozen drivers who were texting and driving.
National campaigns about the dangers of texting and driving have successfully delivered that message to the public – 90 percent of participants in a recent national poll agreed that texting and driving is dangerous. However, over half of those same participants admit to still doing it, despite the risks of causing a car crash which could seriously injure or even kill someone.
Teenagers, especially, are more prone to ignoring the dangers of distracted driving and too many of them talk on their phones, send and receive text messages, or post messages on social media as they are driving. Our Virginia personal injury law firm has seen the painful injuries that a distracted driver can cause and we are committed to spreading the word about the risks of distracted driving habits. Our attorneys are involved with End Distracted Driving (EnDD) , a national organization that presents programs to high school students about the fatal consequences texting and driving can have.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car crash caused by a distracted driver, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for your pain and loss.