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New proposed Va. law would ban all hand-held cell phone use while driving

(MGN Online)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- A new proposed state bill is hoping to stop the increase of traffic fatalities in Virginia.

Between 2016 - 2017, traffic fatalities in the state increased by 11-percent and one reason is distracted drivers, reported WVEC in Virginia Beach.

The National Safety Council estimates that at least 25-percent of all crashes can be attributed to distract driving, so HB181 was proposed in Virginia's General Assembly.

The bill would make it illegal to use your phone, for any reason, while driving.

Currently, 15 states have already made all hand-held phone use illegal while driving.

If the bill becomes a law, the fine could be up to $500 if you get a ticket.

HB181 could be voted on in the House as early as this Thursday, then it would move on to the senate.

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