Route 1 Dispatches: Tougher Texting-While-Driving Law Moves Through House
Take a look back at this week's top headlines from the Route 1 corridor.
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Tougher Texting-While-Driving Law Moves Through Virginia Legislature
State lawmakers passed House Bill 1907 on a 92-4 vote, increases the fine upon conviction to $250 — up from $20 — for the first texting-while-driving offense and $500 for each subsequent conviction. The bill makes texting while driving an aggravating circumstance to reckless driving, and so anyone convicted such would face a mandatory minimum $500 penalty if they were texting while they were driving recklessly.
West Potomac High School athletes committed to play college sports on National Signing Day Wednesday. Football player Chris Blewitt committed to Pitt. Baseball player Jayme Murray committed to play ball at George Mason University, and soccer player Lindsey Sawczuk committed to UPenn.
The USO opened its Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir Tuesday. The $25 million 20,000 square-foot facility is the largest USO facility ever built, and is designed as a place to lift the spirits of injured and ill troops, as well as local active duty personnel in all of the U.S. Armed Forces.
MVHS Girls Basketball players celebrated senior night Tuesday night before their home game against Stuart.
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