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Lawmaker proposes bill to expand texting while driving restrictions

Posted at 11:01 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 23:27:17-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Many will admit that they've texted behind wheel, but the dangers of texting are a growing problem.

"I think its reckless, and it's irresponsible," said one driver.

In 2013 a law was passed to ban texting while driving in Virginia which included reading or sending any messages or emails.

However, now some lawmakers are looking to expand the restrictions.

"We knew that when we were passing the law in 2013 that technology was going to get ahead of us," said Sen. George Barker (D-Fairfax).

Sen. Barker, who represents parts of Northern Virginia, is sponsoring a bill that would make it against the law to look at your phone at all while driving, except while using GPS.

"I think it's a good idea, because looking at Facebook and typing is the same exact thing as texting and driving," said one Virginia driver.

While the bill is meant to keep drivers safe, Kevin Carroll, the President of the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police, said from a law enforcement perspective, it could be challenging.

"These things are always difficult to prove unless you actually witness the actual action as it's being done," he said.