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      Richmond Lawmakers to Vote on Tougher Texting and Driving Penalties

      Richmond, VA - Legislation to crack down on texting while driving will go before a Senate committee Monday.

      So far, texting while driving has been punishable by a $20 dollar fine, but it's a secondary offense. That means police can only write a ticket if they stopped the motorist for another violation.

      One of the bills would increase the fine to $250 dollars, making texting and driving a primary offense.

      Others would make texting while driving punishable as reckless driving, which can result in up to a year in jail.

      The deadline for each chamber to act on its own bills is Tuesday.

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