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Did Portsmouth School Bus Driver Use Cell Phone at the Wheel?

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Did Portsmouth School Bus Driver Use Cell Phone at the Wheel?

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In Hampton Roads, viral video footage of a Portsmouth school bus driver purportedly using a cell phone at the wheel has gone viral.

The story was featured on the TV station Two videos posted to Facebook appeared to show a bus driver with Portsmouth schools using a cell phone while driving. The videos were shared more than 2,000 times, WAVY reported.

The report said the videos were uploaded by Chris Beaton. His eight-year-old son who attends Churchland Middle School took them. Beaton said his son received a written warning for changing seats on the bus. He said he moved closer to the front to take photos of the driver using his phone at the wheel.

Was Portsmouth school bus driving using a phone?

Distracted driving claims thousands of lives a year

WAVY quoted a school spokeswoman who said she was not able to determine the source or other details of the video. A bus driver was named in a social media post. Portsmouth schools could not confirm the driver named was the one in the photos but confirmed the alleged driver in the caption no longer works for city schools.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month is Underway

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If you follow this link on the National Safety Council website, you can download free infographics and other information about distracted driving in America.

Every year, more than 3,000 people die due to distracted drivers, we point out on our website. More than 380,000 people are injured due to the actions of distracted drivers.

While the number of crashes caused by intoxicated drivers is falling year-on-year, crashes caused by texting drivers or those distracted in other ways is increasing.

The reaction time for intoxicated drivers and those texting on cell phones is similar, making texting just as dangerous as drunk driving. Studies have found the likelihood a driver glancing at a cell phone or texting will be involved in a car wreck is comparable with that of a driver with a .08% blood alcohol level.

Texting and driving is illegal in Virginia. Commercial drivers are banned from all cell phone use under federal law. In recent weeks, a spate of accidents involving school buses have taken place in Hampton Roads.

If you or a loved one has been hurt by a distracted driver, or you have lost a loved one, please call our Virginia personal injury lawyers today at (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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