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With the goal of tightening an existing law prohibiting texting while driving, both houses of Virginia's General Assembly recently voted to ban the use of handheld mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle.

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Cellphone Manipulation Rises 57% in Virginia: IIHS

Virginia drivers were 57% more likely to manipulate a cellphone in 2018 than they were when IIHS conducted the same study in 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found in an observational survey.

16% of Virginians Fail to Buckle Up

A new survey from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles finds that 15.9% of motorists are driving without a seat belt — a slight bump up over a record low of 14.7% in 2017.

Va. Bills Target Distracted Driving

In 2016, 175 people died and thousands more suffered injuries in distracted driving-related collisions in Virginia, according to some state legislators. That trend has prompted them to propose a number of bills aimed at curbing distracted driving. Video courtesy of NBC29 WVIR.

Enforcement of Virginia's Texting Ban

A new bill proposes doubling the penalties for texting while driving in Virginia. But a representative of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police points out problems hindering enforcement of the texting ban. Here's a report from CBS 6 WTVR News.