Lawmakers Scale Back Higher Texting Fines - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Lawmakers Scale Back Higher Texting Fines

Posted: Updated:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers have approved Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to scale back the hefty fines they passed for texting while driving.
    
Current fines are $20 for a first offense and $50 for a second. As passed, the bill increased those fines to $250 and $500. It also set a $500 minimum fine for a conviction for reckless driving while texting.
    
McDonnell's amendments would reduce each of those fines by half. The Senate and the House of Delegates both adopted the amendments by wide margins Wednesday.
    
The legislation also makes texting while driving a primary offense, which means police can stop and ticket anyone they spot texting while driving. It's currently a secondary offense, meaning an officer must witness another offense to stop a texting motorist.

 

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Skybox Giveaway - August 11

    Skybox Giveaway - August 11

    Win a SkyBox for you and 24 of your closest family and friends!More >>
    Win a SkyBox for you and 24 of your closest family and friends!
    More >>
  • Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Midway Speedway Giveaway

    Thursday, June 26 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-06-26 11:57:18 GMT
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
    Enter to win a Midway Speedway Four Person Park Pass This includes all day at the waterpark, four choice tickets (good for any ride or attraction) and a round of fire mountain golf. Rules No purchaseMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.