Mandatory Fines for Distracted VA Drivers
Virginia drivers, be aware: new mandatory fines for distracted drivers are in effect as of July 1, 2018. While texting and driving has been against the law for several years now, the new fines are designed to curb distracted driving in construction zones. Get caught reading a text message or answering a phone call while in a construction zone and you’ll face a mandatory $250 fine. This comes on the heels of more than 150 distracted driving incidents involving construction zones in Virginia in 2018 alone.
Vehicles Versus Man
When a car and a construction worker collide, there are often deadly consequences. With little more than their reflective vests between them and the rush of traffic, workers put their lives on the line every day. While there isn’t much they can do to protect themselves from accidents, there are steps drivers can take to ensure the safety of construction workers on the highway.
The next time you’re on the highway, consider keeping your cell phone out of reach. It’s a tempting device, and one that is constantly pinging for our attention. By setting your phone in the backseat or in your purse, you’ll have no choice but to pull over and put your car in park the next time you need to use the phone. Limit other distractions like eating, chatting with passengers and fiddling with the radio. All of these seem innocuous enough, but can have deadly consequences if you’re speeding through a construction zone.
Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents caused by distracted and drunk drivers lead to serious injuries and death every day across Virginia. If you or a loved one have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights. Contact us toll free 877-544-5323 or Click Here To Email Us.