After falling short last year, Virginia lawmakers renew push to ban holding a phone while driving

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to change that by passing a hands-free driving law that would allow police to stop anyone holding a phone while driving. Violations would be treated as a traffic action punishable by a $125 fine. Fines would increase to $250 for subsequent violations or violations in a highway work zone. The bill includes some exceptions for dashboard-mounted phones, allowing drivers to use phone-based GPS navigation as long as they’re not holding the device.