Text Messaging Ban in VA?

By: James Jackson Email
By: James Jackson Email

Sending text messages and e-mails on the go has become a big problem when it comes to safety on the road.

Your cell phone may be the most dangerous hazard to drivers and legislators in the General Assembly want to change that with a proposed bill that would ban people from sending messages while driving.

"When your talking about text messaging, your going to be distracted with you vision because you have to look at it to either send or receive a message. So you're mentally distracted and visually distracted," says First Sgt. Bryan Hutchenson, VA State Police.

A lot of minor crashes are due to people being distracted while texting or using their cell phones, though Hutchenson says there are not many major ones caused by this.

"We do have frequent minor accidents and they'll even admit 'Hey, I was using my cell phone at the time' or 'I went to look at my cell phone to see if I was getting a message' and things like that," says Hutchenson.

The legislation will go before the General Assembly next week for consideration.

Hutchenson says, "It's not at all infrequent to have a minor accident, a rear fender bender or something like that, while they were distracted by a cell phone."

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