Underage drinking and driving; penalty. (HB719)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Punishment for underage drinking and driving; penalty. Provides that "zero tolerance" (0.02% BAC) underage drinking and driving is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently, the punishment is loss of license for six months and a fine of no more than $500. This bill provides for forfeiture of such person's license to operate a motor vehicle for a period of one year from the date of conviction and a mandatory minimum fine of $250. Punishment set forth in the bill mimics punishment for DUI. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 081409568
01/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB719)
02/08/2008Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time and engrossed
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N)
02/12/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (96-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/20/2008Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 7-N)
02/27/2008Reconsidered by Courts of Justice
02/28/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N)
02/29/2008Committee substitute printed 089409568-S1
03/03/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2008Committee substitute agreed to 089409568-S1
03/04/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB719S1
03/04/2008Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008Placed on Calendar
03/05/2008Senate substitute agreed to by House 089409568-S1 (96-Y 1-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 1-N)
03/07/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB719ER)
03/07/2008Signed by Speaker
03/09/2008Signed by President
03/10/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB719ER)
03/27/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 729 (effective 7/1/08)


Rachael Cline writes:

I believe this is necessary legislature which will inadvertantly save lives.