Lawmakers to Consider Stricter Texting While Driving Regulations

A new bill filed in the Virginia House of Delegates, House Bill 1360 , would make using a handheld device behind the wheel a primary offense. Full Story
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Me myself and I

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jan 16, 2013
Perhaps it could become routine practice following any accident for the police to request cell phone logs from the carrier of each driver, with a heightened penalty for causing an accident while using your phone?

Really no one should be texting, dialing, or talking. We have enough studies that show how incredibly dangerous this is. If you need to make a call, pull over. If it's not important enough to justify pulling over, it can wait.
Heywood Yahangup

Purcellville, VA

#2 Jan 16, 2013
People who text and drive are a much greater threat to my life than a person who owns a gun.
Poker But

Alexandria, VA

#3 Jan 16, 2013
Why has it taken law makers so long, to see this as a problem? It's pure common sense not to text & drive. But our politicians lack common sense!!
rocktown

Broadway, VA

#4 Jan 16, 2013
They should triple the fines...for people that have caused an accident while texting, while driving a 2-3 ton vehicle.
citizen

Rice, VA

#5 Jan 16, 2013
Why stop with texting? The last five vehicles that came over the line and almost hit me were all SUVs that were being driven by tunas that had a cell phone in one flipper and a triple cheeseburger in the other.
Yep

Palmyra, VA

#6 Jan 17, 2013
About time.
I nearly T a young girl who was talking on a cell and did't stop for a stop sign. When I stop I could only see the roof of her car. She was Blessed that day! And not by me.
WOW

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jan 17, 2013
Just Do It !!!!!!!!!!
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jan 17, 2013
New cars have 'hands free' communication/entertainment command centers right on the dash.
You only have to take your eyes off the road to navigate their menus.
83fan

Stuarts Draft, VA

#9 Jan 17, 2013
Fines & penalties should be MORE for anyone using a phone while driving NOT just texting !! And the law should be able to stop anyone doing this without another offense .
Areyoukiddingme

Waynesboro, VA

#10 Jan 17, 2013
Me myself and I wrote:
Perhaps it could become routine practice following any accident for the police to request cell phone logs from the carrier of each driver, with a heightened penalty for causing an accident while using your phone?
Really no one should be texting, dialing, or talking. We have enough studies that show how incredibly dangerous this is. If you need to make a call, pull over. If it's not important enough to justify pulling over, it can wait.
I agree with you, however it would be to time consuming and costly to request phone records for every accident. Why can't the FCC require phone makers and companies to disable texting and dialing features on cell phones if they are in motion at a certain speed, lets say 3 MPH. This seems like a easy approach to stopping this epidemic. Then if someone disables this feature and is involved in a accident make it a felony. Just my thought.
westerner

Hillsville, VA

#11 Jan 17, 2013
To reduce distraction-caused accidents, need to extend any ban to other things that allow idiot drivers to not pay attention to what they are doing: cell phone use at all (handsfree or handheld), using earphones, wearing a hoodie, and blaring music so loud that emergency responders' sirens and other drivers' horns can't be heard.
Nunya

Palmyra, VA

#12 Jan 17, 2013
Areyoukiddingme wrote:
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I agree with you, however it would be to time consuming and costly to request phone records for every accident. Why can't the FCC require phone makers and companies to disable texting and dialing features on cell phones if they are in motion at a certain speed, lets say 3 MPH. This seems like a easy approach to stopping this epidemic. Then if someone disables this feature and is involved in a accident make it a felony. Just my thought.
Nice thought, but what if you're just a passenger? Let's go a step further. What if 2 people are in a car and they see what they believe to be a drunk driver? By your suggestion, the passenger in the vehicle would not be able to call 911 to report it.
Nunya

Palmyra, VA

#13 Jan 17, 2013
Additionally, why is not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense yet? Texting while driving is bad, but so is not wearing a seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives. I'm really surprised that we're one of the few states without this as a primary offense (regarding adult drivers).
Me myself and I

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Jan 17, 2013
Areyoukiddingme wrote:
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I agree with you, however it would be to time consuming and costly to request phone records for every accident.
I disagree. Change the law so there's presumptive consent to having your phone records checked at the time of an accident. Then regulate the cell phone companies, requiring them to create an interface for law enforcement to query call records. Whenever a search is made, have the system generate a text, email and letter to the cell phone owner informing them the records were checked. That should help prevent abuse.

They wouldn't even need to know who was being called or texted - just a log of whether the phone was in use in the time span around the accident.
Sure

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jan 17, 2013
Me myself and I wrote:
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I disagree. Change the law so there's presumptive consent to having your phone records checked at the time of an accident. Then regulate the cell phone companies, requiring them to create an interface for law enforcement to query call records. Whenever a search is made, have the system generate a text, email and letter to the cell phone owner informing them the records were checked. That should help prevent abuse.
They wouldn't even need to know who was being called or texted - just a log of whether the phone was in use in the time span around the accident.
10,000 laws cannot protect people from their own stupidity! I am not willing to allow this much invasion of privacy because people are too stupid to concentrate on driving as a single task for safety reasons? There where 3 locals killed in the last week for failure to wear a seatbelt...all ejected from the vehicle.
Anonymous

Louisa, VA

#16 Jan 17, 2013
Why not ban all bad behaviors that cause harm. Smoking, overeating, chasing another man's wife/girlfriend, playing golf in a thunderstorm, etc. etc. I am sick to death of the government running my life. All you folks that support the 2nd Ammendment should be with me on this.
BunkyVA

New York, NY

#17 Jan 17, 2013
You can 't text but you can point an assault rifle out the window
Native

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Jan 17, 2013
Behind the Curtain wrote:
Why not ban all bad behaviors that cause harm. Smoking, overeating, chasing another man's wife/girlfriend, playing golf in a thunderstorm, etc. etc. I am sick to death of the government running my life. All you folks that support the 2nd Ammendment should be with me on this.
WE ARE! So sick of this nanny nanny nanny mindset!
sez you

Richmond, VA

#20 Jan 17, 2013
Behind the Curtain wrote:
Why not ban all bad behaviors that cause harm. Smoking, overeating, chasing another man's wife/girlfriend, playing golf in a thunderstorm, etc. etc. I am sick to death of the government running my life. All you folks that support the 2nd Ammendment should be with me on this.
Well at least you still have your precious guns. But your question is the problem, no one looks at all the other rights we're loosing on a daily basis, everybodies just fine so long as they can go home and grab their dum gun.
WVU

Purcellville, VA

#21 Jan 17, 2013
BunkyVA wrote:
You can 't text but you can point an assault rifle out the window
WRONG BUNKY...

18.2-282. Pointing, holding, or brandishing firearm, air or gas operated weapon or object similar in appearance; penalty.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to point, hold or brandish any firearm or any air or gas operated weapon or any object similar in appearance, whether capable of being fired or not, in such manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another or hold a firearm or any air or gas operated weapon in a public place in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another of being shot or injured. However, this section shall not apply to any person engaged in excusable or justifiable self-defense. Persons violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor or, if the violation occurs upon any public, private or religious elementary, middle or high school, including buildings and grounds or upon public property within 1,000 feet of such school property, he shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.

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