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September 19, 2012
New ‘safe phone zones’ open in welcome centers

Virginia has introduced a “safe phone zone” program that includes highway signs directing motorists to the state’s safety rest areas and welcome centers where they can use their cell phones. The program is sponsored by Geico.

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Governor Bob McDonnell says, “By partnering with the private sector, we are not only keeping our rest areas open, but we are making our roads safer by discouraging distracted driving.”

The sponsorship is part of a statewide initiative to generate additional revenue to help defray the cost of operating Virginia’s 43 safety rest areas and welcome centers.

According to the website, Virginia currently bans text messaging by all drivers. Drivers under the age of 18 and school bus drivers are prohibited from using cell phones or text messaging. Other distracted driving proposals have been considered by legislative committees but have not been enacted.

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