Richmond mayor wants harsher penalties for distracted driving

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has instructed his team to begin working on an ordinance that would punish city drivers who are distracted by their cell phones.

Stoney announced this initiative after the law banning the use of hand-held devices was rejected by the General Assembly on Wednesday.

The hands-free driving bill went down after legislators could not agree on the language of the bill. The debate was whether or not the language covered the growing technology around texting and driving.

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