Virginia law regarding cell phones while driving set to change in January

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Starting in January, it will be illegal in Virginia to use a cell phone while driving, unless it is a hands-free device.

Currently, using a non-hands-free device while driving is considered to be a secondary offense, meaning that police cannot pull you over if they catch you talking or texting with a phone in your hand.

Starting next month, though, this becomes a primary offense with penalties starting at $125 for the first offense.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says 80-percent of all crashes in Virginia are due to distracted drivers who are talking, texting, reading or reaching for something.

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