Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Car Accident Lawyer
In the year 2007, 1,026 people lost their lives on Virginia highways, the most since the late 1980s. In reaction, the Commonwealth began several ambitious campaigns to emphasize safety on the highway and minimize driver distractions. The General Assembly passed new laws with stiffer penalties for drunk drivers and also banning drivers from texting while driving in the Commonwealth.
These efforts bore fruit. In the three year period from 2008 to 2010, Virginia traffic fatalities decreased each year, with 821 deaths in 2008 and 756 in 2009. The Commonwealth set a new record low in 2010 with only 740 fatalities. This was the fewest…