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.