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Could a change in school start times reduce the accident risk?

Most parents with children in high school will tell you that the morning is typically one of the most difficult parts of the day. That's because their children are likely slow to get out of bed, largely silent while getting ready, and frequently late in getting out the door to their car or the bus stop.

Parents now have more options for fighting distracted driving

Here in Virginia, state law expressly prohibits teen drivers from talking on a cell phone while driving, and all drivers from sending or receiving text messages while behind the wheel. Similar laws to prevent distracted driving can be found on the books of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the majority of other states.

Virginia man charged with DUI and manslaughter 

According to Henrico Police, a two-vehicle accident happened at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 13. A motorist was stopped at the intersection of East Parham and Chamberlayne Roads in northbound lanes. As the driver advanced her vehicle into the intersection, a vehicle traveling east on Parham went straight into the intersection, hitting the first vehicle on the driver's side. The driver of the northbound vehicle died at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to VCU Medical Center to be treated for his injuries after the car wreck.

Virginia ticketing and accident stats for Labor Day

The state of Virginia has released crash and ticketing data related to the long Labor Day weekend. Based on information from the state police, a total of nine deaths occurred as a result of automobile accidents. Authorities were called to the scene of 636 accidents, and of the nine that were fatal, eight involved cars, and one involved a moped. The individual who died as a result of the moped accident was wearing his helmet, authorities say, and of the eight individuals involved in the deadly car accidents, five were not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. Two of the car accidents that ended in death involved alcohol.

Teens cause insurance premium rates to skyrocket

Parents in Virginia might be interested to hear that adding their teenagers to their auto insurance policies could cause them to experience an increase in their insurance premium rates by 84 percent. According to recent reports, teens are the riskiest and, therefore, the most expensive drivers to insure. Parents will, on average, experience a hike of approximately $2,000 a year when they add their teens onto their policies.

More teens killed by texting and driving than drunk driving

If you have a teenager who has a cellphone, you know how much time they can spend on it. They snap a picture and send it to their friends, text for hours with a boyfriend or girlfriend, and check Facebook like no one's business. What you might not realize, however, is that your teen might be doing the same thing while they're driving.

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