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. Amends § 18.2-266.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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


Rachael Cline writes:

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