Text-Messaging Bill Passes House

March 3, 2011

The House of Delegates passed a bill Wednesday morning closing a loophole in the state’s ban on text-messaging while driving that allowed motorists to read incoming messages while behind the wheel.

The bill also specifies that texting is prohibited as long as the vehicle is in the travel lanes of the road, including when stopped for traffic signals. The preliminary tally was 116-22.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where a companion measure has received preliminary approval after attempts to amend it were rejected.

A similar bill was approved by both houses last year only to fail when the House and Senate couldn’t agree on amendments before the session ended.

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