Provided by DRIVE SMART Virginia
Delegate Richard Anderson was recognized Wednesday for his commitment to advancing traffic safety legislation in the Virginia General Assembly. Anderson, who represents the 51st House District in Prince William County, has been a vocal advocate for stronger laws to prevent distracted driving. Traffic safety non-profit DRIVE SMART Virginia presented Delegate Anderson with a Certificate of Appreciation.
“Delegate Anderson’s commitment to the community he serves and to the Commonwealth of Virginia is reflected by his years of support of common-sense legislation aimed at curbing the distracted driving epidemic,” said DRIVE SMART Virginia Executive Director Janet Brooking.
Data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles shows that there were 26,786 distraction-involved
traffic crashes in Virginia in 2016, resulting in 75 deaths and more than 15,000 injuries.
“I have been devoted to crafting sound public policy on distracted driving ever since constituents contacted me following their brother’s tragic death at the hands of a texting driver,” said Anderson. “They asked for my help, and I gave them my commitment that I would fight for stronger laws.”
In 2013, Anderson sponsored legislation to make texting while driving a primary offense in the
Commonwealth of Virginia. Since then, he has worked to modernize and strengthen that law. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified distracted driving as “a crisis that needs to be addressed now,” and the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that cell phone use by drivers be prohibited.
DRIVE SMART Virginia has been providing public information and educational programming and
has advocated for stronger distracted driving laws for ten years.
“I have been privileged to work with DRIVE SMART Virginia and the families of victims on proposed legislation over the last half-dozen years. I will continue to work with them until we see the Governor sign his name to a bill that starts to drive down the numbers of dead and injured Virginians,” Anderson said.