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Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Centreville students' real-life civics lesson

By Terri Ritchey, Clifton

The bill passed by the Virginia Senate would make texting while driving a primary violation, so police officers could pull over anyone they see texting. This bill was introduced by Sen. George L. Barker (D-Fairfax) at the request of the Centreville High School senior class.

In fact, three students — Josh Zarger, Derek Mack and Jason Dolinger — traveled to Richmond to argue for the bill before the Senate subcommittee. The young men presented stellar arguments about how this bill would benefit Virginia. Most important is that these young people realize they can have a voice in government and took the initiative to become involved.

This bill would probably affect younger drivers more than the older ones, so their voices should be heard. We hope the House is listening.

The writer is Advanced Placement coordinator at Centreville High School.

By Terri Ritchey, Clifton  | February 17, 2011; 10:27 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County, Virginia, environment, transportation  
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