Virginia bill to limit phone and GPS use while driving


GATE CITY, Va. - A bill proposed in Virginia would limit the use of cell phones or GPS systems while driving. If passed, drivers would only be allowed to use devices hands free, and phones would have to be physically mounted in the car.

That bill is being proposed by state Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax. Texting while driving is already illegal in Virginia.

State Del. Terry Kilgore is opposed to the new bill. He thinks the current anti-texting law may be enough to protect drivers.

"We ought to wait and see how that works before we keep going on down the road of prohibiting everything in cars because I think that's where we're going," he said.

Kilgore said he thinks the bill is unlikely to pass since the current law only narrowly made it out of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee.

The new legislative session begins January 11. Kilgore said the main issue legislators will be working on is the $1 billion deficit in the state budget. He hopes they'll be able to keep a promise of giving raises to teachers and other state and local employees.

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