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RICHMOND (AP) -- The Virginia Senate has passed legislation to toughen the state's law against texting or emailing while driving.

Sen. George Barker's bill cleared the Senate on a 28-12 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the House of Delegates.

The bill would make texting while driving a primary offense in Virginia. It's already a secondary offense, meaning you can be ticketed for texting at the wheel only if pulled over for another violation. Barker, a Democrat from Fairfax, said his bill is all about highway safety.

Nobody spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.

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