RICHMOND, VA—Beginning July 1, texting while driving will be a primary offense, which means police can stop and ticket anyone they spot texting while driving.
Currently, texting while driving is a secondary offense, meaning an officer must witness another offense to stop a driver...but that will change this summer.
With the new law right around the corner, many drivers are turning to hands-free texting, but the fancy new technology isn't as safe as drivers may think.
Drive Smart Virginia Executive Director Janet Booking says hands-free texting apps aren't an excuse to use less care when driving.
"While technology is moving us in the right direction, we're just not there yet. we need to not have a false sense of security."
Booking commends research conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, which found that response times of driver who texted were slower than normal--no matter which method they used to send their message.
The best way to stay safe on the road? Avoid texting and driving altogether, even using a hands-free texting app.
"From a safety perspective, put the phone down, put it away put it away, put it in the glove compartment put it in the backseat and just don't use it whatsoever."
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