shouldn’t be using your phone while driving but unfortunately people do starting in 2021 there will be a new law to enforce that rule it will be illegal to hold a phone while driving in virginia tennessee’s mighty elena dolores is here to explain linna yeah it means no scrolling social media playing a game checking your email or sending texts while driving or operating your car state officials say making it illegal and enforceable is a necessary step toward reducing deaths on the road phone down it’s the law that’s the message from state leaders as we approach 2021 that’s when the new law prohibiting holding a cell phone while driving takes effect if you’re looking down at your phone texting or checking an email you’re not looking at the road and that can go so far so just so badly so fast not looking at your phone while driving may seem like a no-brainer but unfortunately it’s not according to virginia tech 80 percent of all crashes involve driver inattention last year believe it or not there were more than 23 000 i repeat that 23 000 crashes in virginia that were caused by distracted driving and 120 of those individuals lost their lives the general assembly passed this new legislation earlier this year to bring those numbers down numbers that include meredith spy’s mother for everyone out there who thinks it can’t happen to them or they’re immune i want to say it’s not true her mother was killed by a distracted driver in february of 2019.

i honestly believe this legislation had been passed years previous she would still be here today virginia’s secretary of public safety and homeland security brian moran says distracted driving impacts everyone including law enforcement and veto workers there’s no question that distracted driving has caused too many lives on virginia’s highways injured dozens and caused countless traffic deaths which is why they hope this new law will make change the virginia association of chiefs of police and drive smart virginia created training materials for law enforcement agencies across the state you can still talk on the phone but you cannot hold that phone if you’re caught the first offense will set you back 125 dollars i’m mighty alana balloras 10 on your side.

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