In the state of Virginia, there is now a stricter penalty for all drivers
found texting while driving. This
new texting law was implemented today, July 1, 2012, which allows law enforcement officials
to pull over any driver that is texting or emailing while operating a
motorized vehicle- if the vehicle is not moving, then the law does not
apply. Before today, texting and driving was seen as a secondary offense
which was only punishable in conjunction with another traffic offense.
Now, texting while driving is considered to be a
primary offense which carries stiffer penalties than before. For any first time offenders,
you can expect a ticket around $125, and that increases to $250 for any
There is one loophole in the new texting law which allows drivers to continue
using their phone or car GPS feature. They have also stated that anyone
in communications with emergency response personnel are exempt from this
law. Along with the new texting law, there have also been
changes to the DUI laws in regards to repeat drunk driving offenders. Anyone charged with a second
DUI offense will now face a year in prison as well as a $1,000 fine. The
state of Virginia sees the danger in distracted driving and drunk driving
and has implemented these new laws to discourage drivers from committing
these acts. Texting while driving and driving under the influence both
increase your chances of getting into an accident and government officials
would like to see a decrease in the number of traffic collisions per year.
If you have been stopped by a police officer for texting while driving,
or any other
traffic offense, then you should take swift legal action.
Speak with Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney Vaughan Jones at the firm to defend you in your traffic violation case.
He offers a free initial