At the beginning of July, Virginia will join the ranks of those states that have made it illegal to text and drive. Such a move is only appropriate considering that the oft-cited statistics that texting leaves one 23 times as likely to be in a crash and that it takes a person’s eyes away from the road for about the length of a football field hail from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Although the ban goes further than certain other states in designating texting as a primary offense, meaning a traffic stop can be executed by an officer if they catch you texting, some still believe enforcement could prove tricky. Still, officers explain that they’ve been training to identify texters and pull them over accordingly.
For more about the ban and perceived enforcement difficulties, follow this link.