Cellular telephones; prohibits use of for those under 18 years old while driving. (SB1039)

Introduced By

Sen. Jay O'Brien (R-Clifton) with support from 15 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kris Amundson (D-Mount Vernon), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Vince Callahan (R-McLean), Del. Chuck Caputo (D-Oak Hill), Del. Bob Hull (D-Falls Church), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Steve Shannon (D-Vienna), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Vienna), Sen. Mark Herring (D-Leesburg), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driver's license applicable to those under 19 years old. Prohibits the use of cellular telephones for such drivers while operating a motor vehicle and makes a violation of this provision and other restrictions applicable to provisional drivers a primary offense, rather than a secondary offense as curremtly provided by law. Read the Bill »


03/23/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 072869260
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/26/2007Committee substitute printed 079403260-S1
01/29/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
01/30/2007Read second time
01/30/2007Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2007Committee substitute agreed to 079403260-S1
01/30/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1039S1
01/31/2007Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/2007Communicated to House
02/03/2007Placed on Calendar
02/03/2007Read first time
02/03/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/15/2007Reported from Transportation with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2007Committee substitute printed 079452784-H1
02/16/2007Read second time
02/19/2007Passed by for the day
02/20/2007Passed by for the day
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Committee substitute agreed to 079452784-H1
02/21/2007Amendment by Delegate May rejected
02/21/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1039H1
02/21/2007Passed House with substitute (86-Y 10-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: PASSAGE (86-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Passed by temporarily
02/22/2007House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House substitute agreed to by Senate (36-Y 3-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1039ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/23/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 777 (effective 7/1/07)
04/10/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0777)


Mark Brooks writes:

This is the bill that replaced earlier Democratic bill HB1876, passed out of committee, then killed in full House. Shortly thereafter, a very similar bill (this one), down to most of the same words was introduced. See table at Raising Kaine that shows changes of votes between both bills. Also referenced Here


patti starnes writes:

my daughter nearly died from an accident on july 1, 2005 in front of carrollton fire department in isle of wight county, virginia. the driver, 16yo, was on a cell phone and pulled out in front of a tractor trailer. the driver died on impact. medical science says that my daughter should not have survived but GOD decided differently. She will be at a press conference on monday feb 5th for the house of delegates to testify hoping to aid in this bill becoming a law. She just received her drivers license thursday and has always been extremely emphatic about not getting in a car if the driver does not agree to not ever be on the cell phone while driving. My daughter also feels very strong that this should not just be for young people but for anyone at any age that is driving. I was at the scene of my daughter's wreck. The horror of watching my daughter dying in front of my eyes will never leave my senses. If this bill had passed when it first came about to the general assembly maybe the driver in this accident would still be alive. My daughter is still recovering from complications from this wreck and will have difiiculties for the rest of her life. Please let something good come from this tragedy - pass this bill to save other teenagers!

Peter Metrinko writes:

A much needed bill.