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department of motor vehicles - is fighting distracted driving in the commonwealth of virginia...with some creativity. wdvm's elina shirazi spoke with officials...she has that story. &lt;&lt; (brandy brubaker) distracted driving is a major cause of crashes in virginia and across the country. elina shirazi: according to officials...last year 13 virginians were killed and more than 800 were injured in accidents involving distracted driving. that is why the department of motor vehicles is taking action...against distraction. (brandy brubaker) "the virginia dmv is sponsoring a take action against distraction license plate contest for virginia high schools students in grades 9 through 12," elina shirazi: brubaker says the dmv is turning a serious subject into a local conversation...by problem solving with creativity. ( excited to see the creative designs that virginia high school students come up with...that depict what they see to be distraction free driving." elina three part standup: here are some facts: unlike some neighboring states, such as west virginia and maryland..drivers 18 and older in virginia are allowed to use handheld cellphones while driving, howvever serious distractions can occur when texting...talking with passengers, looking around at accident scenes...and fiddling with a radio or music player. ( brandy brubaker) "sending a text takes about five seconds, so if you think about it, in those five seconds if you are driving a car at 55 miles per hour, you will cover the length of a football field, essentially blindfolded. so that is why it is so important to stay focused when you are driving," elina shirazi: reporting in fairfax, elina shirazi, nova news. >> morgan: still to come tonight on wdvm



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