Northam wants to give handheld cellphone ban another try

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is trying to revive an effort to ban motorists from holding cellphones while driving.

Northam announced Tuesday he’s adding a proposed amendment to legislation that would bar drivers from holding a cellphone while driving in a highway work zone. The governor’s amendment would broaden the ban to all roads in Virginia.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate both passed a version of a hands-free driving bill earlier this year but could not agree on compromise language in a final product.

The legislature will return April 3 to take up Northam’s vetoes and amendments. State law already makes it illegal to text or email on a cellphone while driving.

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