Texting-while-driving bill headed to Governor McDonnell

POSTED: 5:44 PM Feb 19 2013

A bill designed to crack down on distracted driving is headed to the desk of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.

The state senate voted Tuesday to pass a house bill increasing the fine for a first offense of texting while driving from $20 to $250. The fine for a second offense would go up from $5 to $500.

The bill also makes texting behind the wheel a primary offense. That means police can stop and ticket offenders instead of having to stop them for something else.

The bill also says anyone convicted of reckless driving faces a mandatory minimum $500 fine if the driver was texting at the time.