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HAMPTON ROADS Some lawmakers are pushing once again to make talking on handheld cell phones while driving- illegal.

It is already illegal in Virginia to text and drive.

Recently, legislation passed a law banning commercial drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.

Some drivers fully support the ban.

'I think it's long overdue,' said Darryl Thorne.

This is not the first the General Assembly has reviewed it. All efforts failed to pass through the House and Senate last year.

'I think it takes a while to pick up momentum. Even though it should have been done at the get go, it probably is just now getting enough attention and momentum that they're going to move on it in some way.' said driver Ken Drinkwalter.

At least eight distracted driving measures have been filed for the 2012 legislative session including one by local delegate Algie Howell. Three seek to prohibit use of handheld cell phones.

If the legislation passes, talking on the phone without a hands-free device would be a primary offense, meaning you could get pulled over for it. Texting is a secondary offense.


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