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.
“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.”
I was proud to be in Alexandria this morning to announce my amendment to Senate Bill 1768, which will expand hands-free driving legislation statewide. Too many families have lost loved ones as a result of distracted driving.https://t.co/jilLB2ZpeC pic.twitter.com/KY9vh2Vvp8— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) March 26, 2019
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.