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Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have approved legislation to toughen penalties for texting while driving, according to the Associated Press.
Texting while driving is already punishable by a $20 fine, but it's a secondary offense, which means police can only write someone a ticket if they have already been stopped for another violation. The Senate and the House of Delegates voted to pass identical bills that would increase the fine to $250 dollars and make it a primary offense, meaning police can pull over anyone they spot texting while behind the wheel.
The fine for a second offense would be $500 bucks. If a motorist is charged with reckless driving as a result of texting, there would be a mandatory minimum $500 fine.