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Texting while driving - how to stop it


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12/14/2012
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DRIVING + TEXTING = DUMB. But, the question is what can be done to curb it. What do you think?

At the next General Assembly session in Virginia, legislation sponsored by Delegate Scott Surovell will be proposed to make texting while driving a primary offense with severe penalties. Not everyone is a fan. There were 34 comments on Surovell's Facebook page when one of his FB friends announced the legislation. Many of them were harshly critical of the proposal. Lawmaking is messy business, and I am certain changes will be made to the proposal as the legislation goes through the process. None of the critics, though, said that texting while driving is a good idea.

AT&T, whose millions of Droid and Blackberry customers can now text while driving, has a new campaign that asks the most important question: Look at the last text you sent. Would that text be worth dying for?

As part of its campaign to stop texting while driving, AT&T is offering a new app - DriveMode - that reples to texts received while the car is moving 25 mph or more to let the sender know you are driving and cannot respond. AT&T is also urging drivers to Take the Pledge to never text and drive. It even has a texting while driving simulator



Category: Injuries and Wrongful Death

Sandra Rohrstaff
Virginia Child Injury and Elder Abuse Attorney

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