Gov. Northam wants to give handheld cellphone ban another try


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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