Friday, February 18, 2011
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.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
NEWPORT NEWS — Geoffrey Wilds sees it all the time while walking his younger brother through the Menchville High School parking lot.
Student drivers — making their way through the parking lot — texting while driving.
"I don't want my little brother getting hit by these idiots," said Wilds, a junior.
Texting while driving has become so commonplace that Wilds and other students from high schools across Newport News decided to create a public service announcement. It was part of a challenge from Police Chief James Fox to the department's student advisory council to devise a volunteer project that could have an impact on the community.
Students shot a 30-second video for a public service announcement. The video shows a student texting, the resulting accident, emergency vehicles arriving and a student being wheeled into a hospital emergency room. It ends showing a text from "mom" asking "Are you OK?"
Christopher Cheely, a Menchville High School senior, directed the video. He said he had all of the scenes imagined in his head, and he paid close attention to every detail. Cheely said his goal is to become a movie director.
The video was shot at Todd Stadium, Mary Immaculate Hospital and Woodside High School.
The students hope to land on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" because the talk show host has campaigned against texting while driving. If it's not showcased on Winfrey's show, the students also aim to have the video shown at high schools across the state and in driver's training classes.
Shooting and editing the video took about four months, the students said.
Taylor Henkel, a Menchville High School junior, said he's happy the message is getting out.
"The road is dangerous enough without any distractions at all," Henkel said. "Nothing is that important that it can't wait 10 to 15 minutes for you to drive home."
To view video go to www.dailypress.com/psa
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Police say the motorist, who was driving a Toyota Yaros, was not injured when she struck a house in the 4300 block of Holland Road.
There were no other injuries, police say.
Friday, April 30, 2010
The problem now is dodging the morons that have cell phones to their ears OR are texting while they are walking. If I bump into you I don't mean to......... I'm looking for gum. If you would hang up that cell phone you would have seen me coming. And if you are texting/talking while driving your car and you hit me and I live through it you can best believe I will kick your butt! In the event that you kill me you had better believe my family will take care of your phone problem.
Folks, talking/texting on the phone while driving OR walking is senseless! Have you truly become so disassociated from yourself you need to hear someone elses voice constantly?
We wouldn't need laws to prevent this is you would take the responsibility to JUST NOT do it!!!
Remember Oprah's "random acts of kindness"? Well, her new campaign of kindness is anything but random.
Today is Oprah's national "No-Phone Zone Day," a grassroots campaign that is asking all Americans to be kind and save lives by not using their cell phones -- texting or dialing by hand -- while driving. She is also dedicating her entire show today to the campaign. Why all this hoopla?
Research shows that these activities can prove to be, not only dangerous, but deadly. In fact, one new British study found that "texting while driving slows reaction time more than being drunk or high," writes Sari Harrar in O, The Oprah Magazine.
In addition to these pledges, Oprah is also asking folks to sign her No Phone Zone pledge, promising not to text or use hand-held phones while driving. More than 200,000 people -- including several celebs -- have signed the pledge so far.
The Governors Highway Safety Association, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and many other national safety advocate groups and individuals are teaming up with Oprah to support this cause. Even Maryland's State Highway Administration is using their overhead highway signs today to show their support.
And what good grassroots campaign would be without local rallies? Expect to see some 24 states and several cities, including Altanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., honoring the day with their own events.