2/8/2012 - Texting While Driving Ban Passes in Senate 28-12

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The Virginia Senate passed a 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.

No one spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.


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