HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — It could soon be illegal to use a handheld phone while driving in Virginia.

A bill in the General Assembly could make a big difference in the law.

“The bill is very important,” Jerry Fawler, a driving instructor at the Shenandoah Valley Driving School, Inc. said. “Because we want to eliminate as many distractions as possible when driving.”

Right now, it is only illegal to text, email and do other similar activities while driving. This bill would make all handheld phone activities illegal while behind the wheel.

“There’s only about four to eight feet separating you from that other car. And if you are distracted even for just one second, you’re going to be traveling the length of probably a volleyball court and a basketball court,” Fawler said. “That’s how far you’re gonna go.”

Fawler said even using your phone while stopped at a stop light can be dangerous.

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