Virginia Legislators looking to ban phone use while driving

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ7) If you're guilty of texting and driving, this is for you.

Two bills moving through the General Assembly are looking to penalize phone usage while driving.

They're House Bill 180 and House Bill 181.

If passed, it would prevent drivers from using their phones while operating a vehicle.

Although lawmakers want drivers to put the phones down while driving, there are some instances where phone usage would be allowed.

The ban would not apply when reading a GPS.

It would also allow drivers to use their phones when the vehicle is stopped.

Phones could also be used by people operating emergency vehicles such as law enforcement or department of corrections drivers.

Drivers would also be permitted to use phones behind the wheel if reporting an emergency.