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
- 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. 
Tips will help drivers to combat distracted driving
- Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before starting to drive.
- Be good role models for young drivers and set a good example. Talk with your teens about responsible driving.
- Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best defense against other unsafe drivers.
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.