Holding a phone while driving will soon be illegal in Va.

Holding a phone while driving will soon be illegal in Va.
(FILE) (Source: WWNY)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It will soon be illegal in Virginia to hold a phone while driving.

WAVY-TV reported Tuesday that the new state law takes effect in January. Drivers can still talk on the phone, but they cannot hold the device.

Drivers who are caught face a fine of $125.

Authorities say that making the practice illegal and enforceable is an important step toward reducing deaths on the road.

Researchers at Virginia Tech found that 80% of all crashes involve driver inattention. Last year, 23,000 crashes in Virginia were attributed to distracted driving.

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