Officers to Use Undercover Vehicles to Enforce Texting While Driving Law
The Winchester Police Department will use undercover SUVs to enforce the texting while driving law that went into effect July 1. On Tuesday, July 16, 2013 officers will begin the undercover enforcement. Drivers who are seen texting while behind the wheel will be charged. On July 1 texting while driving became a primary offense in Virginia. The changes with the law allow officers to now pull someone over if they see them texting while driving. Those convicted will be fined $125 for the first offense and $250 for the second or subsequent offense.
The undercover enforcement is an effort to make our roadways safer. Statistics show you are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash if you are texting while driving. Make a promise today to stop driving distracted. Your safety depends on it.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lcummings@ci.winchester.va.us
Posted 7-16-2013 - Click Here to return to the main Press Release page.