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      Virginia's texting while driving bill passes Senate

      RICHMOND, Va. (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.