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Texting While Driving Ban & Other Laws In Effect Today


July 1, 2013

If you are driving around the Commonwealth, you might want to reconsider sending a text message. Virginia Lawmakers passed House Bill 1907 which makes texting while driving a primary offense.

Officers can now pull you over if they believe you are texting behind the wheel.

In the previous law, texting while driving was a secondary offense, which meant officers had to stop you for something else, like speeding, and then ticket you for texting.

Now if you are pulled over you could receive a $125 dollar ticket.

Other traffic safety laws deal with first year provisional drivers. They can not have more than one underage passenger in the car. After the first year, they can have up to three as long as drivers are going or coming from a school related even.

There are also changes for Moped drivers. They are now required to wear helmets, have a face mask, own a Government-issued I.D. and register their vehicle.

There are over 20 new laws for the Commonwealth. To see them just click on the link below.


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