Virginia’s texting-while-driving law is worse than ineffective. It’s counterproductive.
Texting while driving is a recklessly dangerous practice that Virginia law treats as a minor traffic infraction. The General Assembly should change that. And chances are good that it will, now that Kyle Rowley’s death has shown the law to be a travesty.
Virginia lawmakers have been slow to recognize the public threat cellphones become in the hands of otherwise responsible drivers. And texting is a particularly dangerous distraction. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study a few years back found that long-haul truckers in real-world situations were at 23times greater risk of a collision when they were sending or receiving a text.