RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Texting while driving is a hot topic in the General Assembly this year. And if some lawmakers get their way, you could soon see higher penalties to people who text and drive.
Lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would discourage people from texting on their phones while driving. It's so easy to type a quick message on our phones thinking we have everything under control. But in a split second something can go wrong. That's why state leaders are trying to pass a bill that could make it easier for police to pull someone over if they see someone texting while driving.
The Senate Transportation Committee approved a Senate bill that could make it a primary offense. That means police can pull you over if they think they see you texting. Right now it's only a secondary offense so, police must have another reason to pull you over.
Lawmakers say this could also cut down on teens who text and drive stating teens are much more likely to get into an accident while using a cell phone than adults driving with no distractions at all.
Opponents of the bill say it could be tough for police to determine who's actually texting while driving. According to the Times Dispatch, lawmakers say people who text and drive are actually 23 times more likely to get into a deadly car crash than people who don't. It's just one more reason they say they need to tackle this problem quickly. Now the legislation heads to the Senate.