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Virginia Senate passes legislation to toughen the state's law on texting while driving

The Virginia Senate has passed legislation to toughen the state's law against texting or emailing while driving.

Sen. George Barker's bill cleared the Senate on a 28-12 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the House of Delegates.

The bill would make texting while driving a primary offense in Virginia. It's already a secondary offense, meaning you can be ticketed for texting at the wheel only if pulled over for another violation. Barker, a Democrat from Fairfax, said his bill is all about highway safety.

Nobody spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.


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