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Bill to discourage drivers texting advances through Virginia Senate panel

February 16th, 2013 11:55 pm by Julian Walker

RICHMOND — The General Assembly has a message for drivers: Keep your hands on the wheel and off your smartphone’s QWERTY keyboard.

That was again conveyed Friday when a Virginia Senate committee advanced compromise legislation to make fines for texting while driving more expensive and allow police to stop a driver for the offense.

Legislation from Delegate Rich Anderson, R-Prince William County, would create first offense fines of $250 for texting or emailing on a handheld communication device; subsequent offenses would carry a $500 fine.

Read the full story on the Roanoke Times website.

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