Hands-free driving advocates hope governor will revive bill

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Supporters of hands-free driving legislation that fell apart in the final hours of this year’s legislative session are hoping Gov. Ralph Northam will revive the bill.

“Hands free is not over,” says Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, who has been working on the legislation for seven years.

The governor has the power to amend legislation and send it back to lawmakers for a vote. And Surovell notes another piece of legislation that did pass offers the perfect vehicle for such an amendment: SB1768, which prohibiting holding a cellphone while driving in a highway work zone.

“He’s gonna get lobbied hard on it,” Surovell says.

Asked whether Northam is considering the change, Press Secretary Alena Yarmosky said only that “the governor is in the process of reviewing this legislation.”

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