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New Laws, Stricter Penalties Coming to Virginia Roads

There are 45 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jun 22, 2013, titled New Laws, Stricter Penalties Coming to Virginia Roads. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

New laws take effect across the state starting Monday, July 1. They include big changes on Virginia's roads - stiffening the penalties for texting while driving and for drinking and driving.

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Both Hands On The Wheel

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jun 24, 2013
The texting aspect is long overdue and truthfully nobody should be on a cell phone while they are driving.

Hands on the wheel and full attention on the road in front of you.
jogger

Farmville, VA

#2 Jun 24, 2013
mopeds and other such devices being operated on the virginia highways and byways need to also be required to carry at the very least a liability policy.....most of these things are being operated by juveniles with no driving experience and absolutely no insurance....they also need to be able to pass a yearly state inspection....I guess I'm really trying to say these mopeds and scooters should not be allowed on the highways of virginia....
JCS

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jun 24, 2013
Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road PERIOD!
Legal Eagle

Cumming, GA

#4 Jun 24, 2013
If a vehicle is legally stopped, like at a red traffic light, the texting law does not apply while texting.
sez you

Macomb, MI

#5 Jun 24, 2013
jogger wrote:
mopeds and other such devices being operated on the virginia highways and byways need to also be required to carry at the very least a liability policy.....most of these things are being operated by juveniles with no driving experience and absolutely no insurance....they also need to be able to pass a yearly state inspection....I guess I'm really trying to say these mopeds and scooters should not be allowed on the highways of virginia....
Yeh, but that would impede the crack market here, something Cville PD is afraid to go after.
Buzz

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jun 24, 2013
Why are the legislators always creating new laws when they don't seem to be able to enforce the ones already on the books.? More laws to remember!!
sez you

Macomb, MI

#7 Jun 24, 2013
Buzz wrote:
Why are the legislators always creating new laws when they don't seem to be able to enforce the ones already on the books.? More laws to remember!!
Welcome to the new and improved police state.
mary

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jun 24, 2013
sez you wrote:
<quoted text>Welcome to the new and improved police state.
Don't blame the police blame the lawmakers who just want to look good to the public,,you can not enforce the law when you do not have enough police to do it,,,,
Just sayn

Faber, VA

#9 Jun 24, 2013
jogger wrote:
mopeds and other such devices being operated on the virginia highways and byways need to also be required to carry at the very least a liability policy.....most of these things are being operated by juveniles with no driving experience and absolutely no insurance....they also need to be able to pass a yearly state inspection....I guess I'm really trying to say these mopeds and scooters should not be allowed on the highways of virginia....
I wonder if you can text and drive a moped.
More of the same

Falls Church, VA

#10 Jun 24, 2013
Already distracted driving laws on the books. Just another feel good revenue builder.
Roy g Biv

Champlin, MN

#11 Jun 24, 2013
More ways for the govt to pick your pocket and use teh mindless drones to do it. Don't you guys realize what you are doing?....let me guess what is clicking in your head to respond with..."public safety"....wrong more govt intrusion.
Another View

Scottsville, VA

#12 Jun 24, 2013
Is the law for texting only or does it apply to all phone usage?
rerun

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Jun 24, 2013
Both Hands On The Wheel wrote:
The texting aspect is long overdue and truthfully nobody should be on a cell phone while they are driving.
Hands on the wheel and full attention on the road in front of you.
When will we get laws for smoking and driving, changing radio channels, eating or putting on makeup while driving. Nobody drives with two hands on the wheel. The only people offended by this is the self rightous pricks who do not police themselves. Let's see the police give themselves a ticket first for texting while driving.
Lone Justice

Waynesboro, VA

#14 Jun 24, 2013
Legal Eagle wrote:
If a vehicle is legally stopped, like at a red traffic light, the texting law does not apply while texting.
It should!
Lone Justice

Waynesboro, VA

#15 Jun 24, 2013
Legal Eagle wrote:
If a vehicle is legally stopped, like at a red traffic light, the texting law does not apply while texting.
As long as the vehicle is in a roadway such as a stop light or stop sign it should be. Get off the road to talk or text. It will be safer and cheaper in the long run.
rerun

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jun 24, 2013
Lone Justice wrote:
<quoted text>As long as the vehicle is in a roadway such as a stop light or stop sign it should be. Get off the road to talk or text. It will be safer and cheaper in the long run.
Get off the road to put your makeup on or eat your hamburger. Get off the road to smoke your cigarette or change your radio channels. Take your pick as which ones is outlawed next. Creating laws does not make people become more responsible...
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Jun 25, 2013
rerun wrote:
<quoted text>Get off the road to put your makeup on or eat your hamburger. Get off the road to smoke your cigarette or change your radio channels. Take your pick as which ones is outlawed next. Creating laws does not make people become more responsible...
they should throw the car mfgs in jail for the radio channels one
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it seems like each iteration has more bells and whistles and requires more attention to operate
Lone Justice

Waynesboro, VA

#19 Jun 25, 2013
huck wrote:
<quoted text>
they should throw the car mfgs in jail for the radio channels one
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it seems like each iteration has more bells and whistles and requires more attention to operate
True! Plus they cost more and are made with lighter materials that get better gas mileage but crumple when in an ACCIDENT!
RandomThoughts

Atlanta, GA

#20 Jun 25, 2013
Police state 101

How will the Police Officer decide if you were "texting" .

Not getting my phone without a warrent....

I cant talk on a phone and freaking drive , much less serf the net and text.

We already have laws to cover ignorant driving...

more BS

George S

Maylene, AL

#21 Jun 25, 2013
But the legislators are not the least bit interested in making certain that people know how to drive. Horribly bad drivers are acceptible to them.

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