Push to stiffen texting while driving penalties

Virginia last passed significant changes to its code in 2009 aimed at reducing the number of drivers who text while they drive.

Distracted Driving Stats

25,597 crashes, 122 fatalities and 14,722 injuries were attributed to driver distractions in Virginia in 2010.

26,870 crashes were attributed to some kind of driver distraction -- or 23 percent of total crashes for 2009.

29,545 crashes were attributed to driver distraction in 2008 -- and 28,969 took place in 2007.

--Information from Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles