CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's House of Delegates wants motorists pulled over and ticketed for texting or hands-on phone use.
Friday's 87-12 vote approved a tougher stance against these driving distractions than what the Senate passed.
The House Judiciary Committee had altered the bill so that holding or using a cellphone while driving would be a primary offense. The Senate version would not allow a traffic stop solely for that offense.
The House also sought to exempt hands-free devices which convert spoken words into a text message or accept verbal commands.
Critics of this approach have questioned how police would enforce the proposed bans. The Senate must now approve the House changes. A joint committee must otherwise attempt a compromise.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the bill's initial version. The session ends Saturday.