What Are the Texting and Driving Laws in Virginia?

What Are the Texting and Driving Laws in Virginia?

Personal injury attorney Jamie “Mick” Kessel explains the dangers of texting and driving and the laws enacted to reduce this risk.

In addition to texting, any distraction that could divert a driver’s attention away from the road is a dangerous activity. These distractions include:

  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Under Virginia law, texting while driving is a primary offense for drivers of all ages. A violation carries a fine of $125.00 for a first offense and a fine of $250.00 for subsequent offenses. This law does not apply to any person using a handheld device to report an emergency. [1]

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About The Speaker: Jamie Kessel is a personal injury attorney practicing with the law firm of Allen & Allen. He was named one of the 2014 Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine. His practice is focused in the areas of car accidents, product liability, premises liability, and distracted driving accidents.

[1] Va. Code Ann. §46.2-1078.1