And tragically – despite the many warnings issued to the public – many people do not stop checking their phones even when they are behind the wheel of a car. Another study conducted by a driving analytics company found in their analysis of three million drivers that cell phones were used on 88 percent of those trips. Drivers spend approximately 3.5 minutes on their phone for every one hour they were behind the wheel.
Under Virginia law, texting while driving is a primary offense for drivers of all ages. A violation carries a fine of $125.00 for a first offense and a fine of $250.00 for subsequent offenses. Yet, people still text and drive.