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Texting While Driving Laws May Toughen in Va.

Lawmakers pass tougher penalties

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    Texting While Driving Laws May Toughen in Va.

    Virginia is a bit closer to toughening up its law against texting while driving.

    The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 9-6 today to approve a bill that toughens penalties. It also makes the practice a primary offense, allowing police to pull over anyone suspected of texting while driving.

    Currently, texting while driving is a secondary offense, meaning a person can be ticketed only if he is stopped for another moving violation.

    The current $20 fine would be increased to $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second one.

    The bill is identical to one already approved by a House committee. Historically, the House has been against stronger laws against texting while driving.