Demonstration shows dangers of texting and driving

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by Arrianee LeBeau, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 6:21 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - Getting caught texting while driving in Virginia will cost you $125.00 come July. A second violation doubles the cost.

It will become a primary offense, meaning police won't need another reason to stop you.   

It may not be as easy to recognize as you might think.  The bill allows drivers to use their hands to make phone calls and get directions using a smartphone’s Global Positioning System (GPS).  So a driver could tell the officer that's what he was doing.

On Friday in Va. Beach, the insurance company Allstate kicked off its “Reality Rides" effort to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving.  The simulator is a real car equipped with virtual reality technology.  Users put on a headset that shows them how the vehicle reacts when they text and talk.

The company says studies shown drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash and texting while driving is the equivalent to driving impaired after drinking four beers.

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