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Hands-Free Advocates Upset

Bills Fail In Final Days

February 26, 2019 - 12:40 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) -  Safe driving advocates are blaming an unnamed group of lawmakers for the defeat of the proposed "hands-free" law.  The proposal, which had passed both the House and Senate in seperate bills, fell victim late in the session.  

Language in the bills was changed after crossover, and lawmakers could not come to an agreement after that happened.  The bills, as they had left the two chambers, were identical.

DRIVESMART Virginia Executive Director Janet Brooking says Virginia's law is in need of updating.  The current law was adopted in 2009, and only covers texting and email.   Brooking says other states have banned having a phone in your hand, and have seen fatalities decrease.

Brooking says they will try again in 2020.