Distracted Driving Behaviors Are A Hazard On Virginia Highways
Dec. 14, 2022
Distracted driving is a major problem on the roads of Virginia, as it is in many other states across the country. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, distracted driving was a factor in over 17,000 car crashes in the state in 2020. This is a significant increase from the previous year, and it is clear that something needs to be done to address this issue.
One of the biggest causes of distracted driving is people using smartphones while driving. Many people believe that they can safely use their phones to make calls, send text messages, or check social media while driving. However, research has shown that even taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds can significantly increase the risk of an accident. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that distracted driving causes over 3,000 fatalities each year in the United States.
To combat this problem, Virginia has implemented several laws and regulations aimed at reducing distracted driving. For example, it is illegal to text while driving in Virginia, and drivers can be fined up to $250 for this offense! Additionally, drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any type of electronic device while behind the wheel, including hands-free devices.
Despite these laws, many people continue to engage in distracted driving behaviors. This is often because they do not understand the risks associated with these behaviors, or because they believe that they are skilled enough to multitask while driving. However, the truth is that no one is immune to the dangers of distracted driving. In fact, even experienced drivers can be affected by distractions, and the consequences of a crash can be devastating.
To help prevent distracted driving, Virginia has launched several campaigns to raise awareness about the issue. These campaigns often include public service announcements, posters, and other materials that remind drivers of the dangers of distracted driving and encourage them to stay focused on the road. Additionally, some organizations, such as the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, are working on developing new technologies and strategies to help reduce distracted driving.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in Virginia, and it is important that everyone takes steps to address this issue. If you have been injured or victimized by a distracted driver please call Blaszkow Legal, PLLC - 703-879-5910