Traffic Defense Henrico Count Virginia
On December 8, 2011, the National Highway Transportation Safety Board (NHTSA) adopted a new measurement of vehicle fatalities due to distracted driving. The NHTSA “distraction-affected crash” provides an individual measurement of driver distraction as a distinct traffic safety issue. Traffic enforcement in Henrico County adopted this same principle.
The New Texting and Driving Law and Traffic in Henrico County
Effective July 1, 2013 texting and driving is a “primary” offense under the Code of Virginia, which means you can be stopped by law enforcement for this violation alone. The “don’t text and drive” law is part of regular law enforcement programs plus special campaigns, such as Click It or Ticket (CIOT) and DUI Checkpoint StrikeForce, which help educate the public about new traffic safety laws.
Traffic patrols in Henrico County learn to enforce the law as a primary offense during annual in-service training. A big challenge they see is burden of proof – how to demonstrate a driver has broken the don’t text and drive traffic law. Henrico County faces the same legal challenges as law enforcement across the Commonwealth.
But evidence doesn’t lie, and the deadly consequences of texting while driving are found in the statistics:
- Nearly 25 percent of all vehicle accidents involve texting while driving
- While texting and driving you are twenty-three times more likely to crash
- Eleven teenagers die every day because of texting and driving
- The distraction of texting while driving is equivalent to the profound impairment experienced while driving under the influence
In Virginia the fine increased from $20 to $125 for a first offense and $250 thereafter. A reckless-driving charge while texting carries a mandatory minimum fine of $500. While the law applies to text and email activity, phone and voice-controlled apps are not affected. Most importantly, drivers are not required to “surrender” phones during traffic stops in Henrico County. This can create a legal case revolving around hearsay. Since legislative mandates for don’t text and drive are untested, traffic violations in Henrico County will be open to wide interpretation until case precedence is litigated.
The Boone Beale law firm is ready for your case. With years of Henrico County legal experience and a core competency in Virginia criminal defense, our experienced traffic attorneys in Henrico County can be the difference in your guilt or acquittal. Contact the professionals who make a difference – contact the law form of Boone Beale.