Using cell phones while driving is distracted driving. It is a plague that threatens every driver (and passenger) on all roads in the U.S. today. In fact, overall, there was a 10%+ increase in distracted driving from 2018 to 2019. In a recent study by Zendrive, Inc., only four states achieved any decrease in phone use while driving. For those of us living and driving in Virginia, we have earned the distinction of achieving the largest increase in the number of people who use a cell phone while driving of any state in the nation. [Read more…]
In 2018, a Distracted Driving Bill was introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates. It had real teeth (in terms of penalties). But, the bill was not approved in both houses of the Virginia legislature.
Distracted driving, particularly use of a cell phone while driving, kills – every day. Yet many Virginians do not recognize the danger of distracted driving. The National Safety Council (NSC) reported that a public opinion poll indicated that 80 percent of drivers across the nation “incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone.”
The NSC categorizes distracted driving as “impaired driving,” along with drunk, drugged and drowsy driving. Yet many Virginia drivers will not accept that all cell phone use while driving is dangerous and often deadly. [Read more…]