July 1, 2013. Texting and driving is now a primary offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia punishable by a $125 fine, $250 for second offense. Does your state have a ban on texting? How do you fell about the issue?
It's punishable by fine but should be punishable by 50 lashings with whatever is closest to whomever catches them. I've been run off the road 3 or 4 times by idiots I plainly saw looking at their friggin phone. Argh!
Anyone who said no ban is ridiculous. One person texting and driving puts everyone on the road around them in danger. It is reckless endangerment.
I 100% support it. We have one here.
One of my best guy friends actually threw his friend's phone out the window going 65 the other day because the guy was texting and driving. You can tell he agrees, it should be banned.
I love the ban, I just wish people would actually stop doing it. It's so dangerous.
That's a ridiculous slippery slope. Research shows that texting while driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. People swerve, have slow reaction times, and endanger everyone around them. Should drunk driving be legal too?
I have been taking pictures of cops using their laptop and phone while driving. I will be sending them in when ban goes into affect.
Maybe you don't, but a lot of people do.
Isn't that banned in VA and MD too? Maybe it's just DC...
I think it's good. People on their phones drive noticeably worse, so I'm sure it's saved some lives. Mainly fender benders though. And people still do it, just not as much.
I agree with rlands. I hope sc gets something. The drivers here are horrible. Almost everyday it feels like someone's gonna rear end you because they don't give any distance or their on their phones or texting. The cops don't do there jobs. Sucks
The distracting part with talking on the phone is dialing, scrolling through contacts, glitches on the phone (not just me, right?). It's hard to find that balance.
The act of driving is dangerous.
Ban all the things!!!!
Texting is worth than drunk driving and people are idiots to do it.
Any use of a phone/laptop/whatever should be illegal. No checking messages, looking for directions, gas prices, store opening hours and so on etc. Seriously, it's an epidemic here.
I'm very much against distracted driving.
Good. It should be illegal. I see people doing it and I'm just like "what are you thinking..." What about red lights though?
What about y'all's ban on talking on the phone? I personally don't like it, but DC is pretty hectic. How do you feel?
How is this unenforceable? A police officer sees someone looking down or at their phone, so they pull them over and give them a ticket.
Talking on the phone is still a green light here, as I think it should be. I say that because talking to someone else while I prop my head is just as distracting but not illegal. I think talking is going a bit far.
It's a danger to themselves and others around them. Of course It should be banned!
Talking to a passenger is a bit extreme, what if they need to ask for directions or the passenger to do something that they can't so they can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road and surroundings? And that would be harder to enforce.
MN distracted driving law.
It can be a bit far..but most cars have Bluetooth. I don't really care just don't text or drive
Yep, California bans it. I'm okay with banning it.
I reckon a single unmarked SUV with a couple of coppers, one to drive and one to film, would catch tons of people. In one recent half hour journey on the freeway I saw about a dozen instances of people using smartphones at the wheel.
Yeah, a light goes off in my head that says "don't answer the phone" when I cross the Potomac.
My state has a ban - I can't even answer the phone (which is banned to BTW) without it distracting me so I think the ban is a good idea
Yes - in Cali without a hands free
Hopefully the cops give themselves tickets for using their in car laptops while driving
The only function of these laws is for the state to harvest more revenue from the people. No one actually follows car phone laws.
That one too
I think if they want a driving while talking on the phone law like that, then they need a hands on the wheel law. Since that seems to be the issue...
We have a ban. It's a redundant and unnecessary law. Driving distracted has been illegal for ages. If the texting isn't a distraction, why should it be illegal?
Huh I didn't know that. I probably still won't do it, but I always refrained from talking on my phone when I got to VA.
There is a ban here which doesn't bother me. What does bother me is that they can go through your phone and see of you used it, including placing a call on a touch screen phone. That's a little much and a bit of an invasion of privacy.
Yes there's laws here. What I don't understand though is places that ban talking on the phone, but not texting. Texting is way more distracting and dangerous in my opinion
Started I. 2008, if I recall correctly.
I glad for the ban but I notice all to often that it's not stopping people from talking or texting with the phone in their hand.
Is talking on the phone (with actual phone) banned, as well?
See I don't understand that. Is the act of me holding my hand to my head any more distracting than the actual conversation? Is the conversation distracting? Does that mean I can't even talk to a passenger?
Exactly. Cross the Legion bridge and no more handheld!
It's only a secondary offense here for adults. But if caught, it's a misdemeanor with $150 fine. Its mostly aimed towards minors, is much stricter, and is a primary offense for them: $150 fine & 60 day license suspension for 1st offense.
Texting only.....or more?
It's because you need to free hands to drive. I think it's odd also because people are still distracted while having "hands free" devices.
I've had a couple near misses too. When you have 4+ lanes of tightly packed traffic (no one leaves a gap here) moving at 60-80mph, if just one guy weaves out of lane the effect ripples across and behind as everyone takes avoiding action.
I agree that it should be illegal, as should talking on a handheld phone, applying make up, eating or talking to a passenger.
As I recall, no texting, at all. No cellphones for inexperienced drivers. No cellphones for bus and transportation service drivers.
What if you have a passenger? Couldn't they have dialed for you? Or Siri?
Stupid ban eating, make up, changing the radio, talking, picking, your nose, brushing your hair, chewing gum, and a hundred other things that go on in a car.