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Be Thankful! Don't Text While Driving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                    November 23, 2017

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . The holiday season has begun, which means roadways are filled with more drivers – young and older. Statistics show that distracted drivers, which include drivers who text or otherwise communicate on devices, are more likely to be involved in a traffic crash.

To help spread awareness of this increasing danger, the Prince William County Police Department reminds motorists about state laws on using mobile phones and personal communication devices while driving.

  • Did you know that under Virginia law, anyone under 18 years old is banned from using cell phones, or any other personal communication devices, while driving?
  • Did you know that texting is banned for all drivers? In Virginia, it is a primary offense, which means police officers can pull you over if they suspect you of texting while driving. The fine is $125 for the first offense, and $250 for subsequent offenses. Those fines are over and above the cost of the ticket you will be issued.

Reckless driving is a criminal violation in Virginia, unlike in most other states where it is a traffic infraction. Using mobile phones and other personal communications devices while driving can fall under the category of reckless driving.

As the holiday season starts and roads become busier, the Prince William County Police Department asks that you obey the law. Do not endanger your own life or the lives of others; give everyone reasons to be thankful this holiday season!

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