WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nancy Egan, assistant vice president and state government relations counsel at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) issued the following statement applauding Virginia’s General Assembly for passing HB 874, which would strengthen the distracted driving law.
“APCIA commends the General Assembly for taking this critical step to protect drivers, their passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and everyone else on Virginia’s roads. Distracted driving is a growing epidemic and is thought to be one of the leading causes for auto crashes. Strengthening the law to make it illegal statewide for a driver to hold a handheld communications device while operating a moving motor vehicle will give law enforcement the tools to make Virginia’s roads safer,” said Egan.
“When we get behind the wheel, we must commit to be the best driver we can be and stay focused on the road and our surroundings. It is important to teach driver safety-related measures to our family and friends. Put your phone down and keep your family’s and friend’s safety first.
“We applaud Senator Scott Surovell and Delegate Jeff Bourne for their leadership on this very important issue and we urge Governor Northam to sign this bill.”