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A stricter law on texting while driving took effect in Virginia July 1.
The General Assembly this year revved up the state’s 4-year-old ban on typing or reading text behind the wheel, making the activity a primary offense and raising the fine for first-time offenders to $125 from $20.
Subsequent violations are now punishable by a fine of $250, rather than $50.
Before, police had to have another reason, such as speeding, to stop a driver and issue a ticket for texting. That no longer is required.
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