Texting while driving a secondary offense

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Experts say texting while driving is as dangerous a distraction as anything else.

According to a study by the Virginia tech transportation institute, driver distraction is to blame for nearly 80 percent of traffic crashes in Virginia.

Yet drivers still admit to picking up that phone and sending messages.

While texting is a secondary offense and is only illegal if the driver is pulled over for a primary offense first, like speeding, state police say they're very serious about enforcing the new law - keeping you and everyone else you share the road with, safe.

"It's very easy to see a driver and see what they're doing - if they're texting, putting on makeup, whatever.  So it's going to be a very easy violation to spot," said Sgt. Chris Clark.

A violation could cost you anywhere from 20 to 50 dollars.

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