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Multiple states increase highway infractions

Posted On Mon, April 9, 2012

A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association noted that West Virginia, Virginia and Wisconsin all passed new laws showing the importance of on-road safety.

West Virginia became the 36th state in the country to ban texting while driving, and the law will come into effect on July 1, the report noted. This also will no longer allow those driving in the state to talk on the phone, either. However, the latter will only be enforced if the person committed another driving infraction.

Wisconsin recently signed a bill into law that prevents those under 18 to use a phone while driving, unless it is in an emergency, according to the report. This will be enacted on November 1, and will make the state the 31st to ban young drivers from using cell phones on the road.

Virginia enacted a law forcing those who have been convicted of driving under the influence to use an interlock for their ignition, the report said. This will go into effect on July 1, and will prevent those who have consumed alcohol from driving. The law makes Virginia the 15th state to force the technology to be used.

"GHSA applauds these three states for strengthening their highway safety laws," said Barbara Harsha, executive director of the GSHA. "West Virginia and Wisconsin do well to remind us that driving is a serious task that requires one's full attention, and Virginia's ignition interlock law is an important step toward eliminating drunk driving."

Consumers who have these laws already in place in their state, but are still worried about the risks on the road, may want to look for a more sufficient auto insurance plan. By comparing auto insurance quotes, they may get the plan they are looking for.

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