Using cellphone while driving banned in Richmond

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Using a cellphone while driving in the City of Richmond will be illegal starting Tuesday.

Back in December, Richmond City council voted unanimously to pass the ban on driving while using a hand-held communications device.

The new law allows police officers to pull drivers over if they observe them operating a vehicle while using a cell phone.

The use of a handheld device while driving in Richmond could now result in a $125 fine for first-time offenders. Subsequent offenses will result in a $250 fine.

The ordinance does not apply to drivers who are lawfully stopped, parked or those using their cellphones to report an emergency.

Emergency vehicle drivers, such as police officers and firefighters, are exempt from the new law.

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