June 27, 2013
Some new driving laws for Virginians are taking effect on Monday, July 1.
Texting and driving will be a primary offense, meaning police can pull you over for it. It was a secondary offense before, so police could only ticket a driver if they had already pulled them over for another offense.
Moped drivers and passengers will be required to wear helmets, and driver must have a face shield and safety glasses. Teens drivers will be restricted in the number of passengers they can carry. They will also be required to carry a government issued photo ID and a title for the vehicle.
With the Independence Day coming up, AAA and police want drivers to know the new laws.
"July fourth is typically the busiest travel holiday of the summer, and this season is no exception." says Martha Meade with AAA.
"In Virginia, we expect to see 100,000 more travelers for July Fourth than we did for Memorial Day"
There have been 325 fatalities and more than 42,000 crashes so far this year in Virginia. Nearly more than a fifth of those were caused by distracted driving.