Gov. Northam wants to give handheld cellphone ban another try

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Governor Ralph Northam is trying to revive an effort to ban drivers from holding cellphones while driving.

Northam announced Tuesday he’s adding a proposed amendment to legislation that would ban drivers from holding a cellphone while driving in a highway work zone. The governor’s amendment would broaden the ban to all roads in Virginia.

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“Too many families have lost loved ones as a result of a driver paying more attention to their phone than to their surroundings,” Northam said. “This bill, as amended, will be a significant step forward in promoting traffic safety across the Commonwealth.”

The legislature will return April 3 to take up Northam’s vetoes and amendments. State law already makes it illegal to text or email on a cellphone while driving.

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