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      Senate Committee Endorses Bill That Would Toughen Penalties for Texting and Driving

      Richmond, VA - Soon there could be tougher penalties for texting while driving.

      A Virginia Senate committee has endorsed legislation to make it a primary offense, meaning police can pull you over just for texting behind the wheel.

      Currently it's just a secondary offense and a $20 fine.

      The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 9 to 6 Monday to approve a bill that would increase the fine to $250 and make it a primary offense.

      If a driver is charged with reckless driving as a result of texting, there would be a mandatory minimum $500 fine.

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