News to Know for Jan. 1: Hands-free law in effect; Insulin cap; Cool day with rain later

News to Know for Jan. 1: Hands-free law in effect; Insulin cap; Cool day with rain later
If you are pulled over for holding a cell phone in your hands, officers say to act in the same way you would for any other traffic stop. (Source: WPTV)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Happy New Year! Here’s a glimpse at our top headlines to kick-off 2021!

Chilly Start To 2021

Rain starts around 10am to noon. Temperatures hold steady around 40 all day.

Around 1/2″ rain expected. Temperatures climb a few degrees tonight.

Friday Forecast: Cold with rain likely

Man Killed In Shooting

Richmond Police are searching for the person or people responsible for shooting and killing a man in the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve.

Officers arrived on the scene and took the 75-year-old to the hospital where he later died.

Man shot in front of home.
Man shot in front of home. (Source: NBC12)

According to police, there is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Det. G. Bailey at 804-646-6743 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

Officer-Involved Shooting

Richmond police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened on New Year’s Eve.

RPD says officers rendered first air immediately and the suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No additional details were immediately released.

Hands-Free Law Begins

On Jan. 1, 2021, if you’re caught with a cell phone or other device in your hands while driving, you could face a hefty fine.

If you are pulled over for holding a cell phone in your hands, officers say to act in the same way you would for any other traffic stop.

Touch screen mobile phone, in hand
Touch screen mobile phone, in hand (Source: Gray TV)

Additionally, you will not be asked to hand that device over, but you could face a fine of $125 for the first offense, and then $250 for every additional offense.

Insulin Cap

House Bill 66 caps the copay for insulin at $30 for a 30-day supply.

The law takes effect on January 1. Notably, it will have no impact on those without insurance.

A diabetic patient using an insulin pump. In response to rising insulin costs, Virginia legislators passed a bill that will cap copays for insulin at $50 per month.
A diabetic patient using an insulin pump. In response to rising insulin costs, Virginia legislators passed a bill that will cap copays for insulin at $50 per month. (Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development)

Eleven other states have approved caps on insulin co-pays in the last two years. The reason is the stark rise in prices.

Online Law Removes Concealed Carry Permit

New state law in Virginia will change the requirements for obtaining a concealed gun permit.

Virginians will need to attend firearm training and safety courses in-person for a concealed handgun permit. The new law takes effect on January 1.

Gun
Gun (Source: Pixabay)

The new statute removes the online option and requires in-person classes.

Legislators who supported the new law said the online courses were “too quick and easy.” But some residents and lawmakers worry it will complicate the application process, especially during the pandemic.

Final Thought

Life is not an exact science, it is an art - Samuel Butler

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