***This all seems like a big waste of the governments time. If each and every person with a cell phone would just say NO to the usage of the cell phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle our government could be tending to more important matters than using precious time preparing another LAW like this one for its people. Talking and texting can/should wait until you safely pull to the side of the road or into a parking lot or even until you reach your destination. We ALL know this! And we ALL know you might not reach that destination if you don't take the few seconds of time to be safe. And I'm sure you've been warned about the hazzards of texting/talking while driving or may have thought about it being dangerous.
If you don't know anyone that has been harmed by using a cell phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle I suggest you ask at your local hospital or shock trauma unit.***
For another year Virginia motorists will be allowed to talk and text on their cell phones while driving.
On Thursday A House subcommittee killed a bill from Sen. Thomas Norment that would have banned talking while driving. Police would NOT have been able to pull drivers over until next year.
Until that time, using a cell phone would have been a secondary offense. This means police could only issue tickets if the motorist had been pulled over for another traffic violation.
Bills also killed by the House Millitia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee were bills allowing police to ticket motorists for texting while driving and teen driver's with provisional driver's licenses who talk on cell phones. Both offenses would be noted as secondary offenses.
Both of those offenses would be secondary offenses.