Friday, April 26, 2013

Loudoun Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney Remind Residents to Never Text and Drive

Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman and Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman developed a public service announcement to remind motorists that it is not only against the law to text and drive in Virginia, it is also dangerous.
According to a recent study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting and driving is the MOST dangerous of all cellphone related tasks. This study is further confirmed with the growing number of texting and driving related crashes. According to the National Safety Council, there are approximately 1.6 million vehicle crashes each year where texting a driving was the contributing factor. 
Remember... it is unlawful for any person to operate a moving vehicle on the highways in Loudoun County and the Commonwealth while using a handheld personal communications device to text, or read email per Virginia State Code 46.2-1078.

For more information, visit or More information on the state code and federal texting and driving programs is online at
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Loudoun County Public Schools are also working on a texting and driving initiative to be unveiled in July.

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