Driving under influence of alcohol; clarifies punishment for underage drinking. (HB1868)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Criminal law; penalties for underage drunk driving. Eliminates the sunset date of July 1, 2010, on the 2008 Act of Assembly that provides that "zero tolerance" (0.02 percent BAC) underage drinking and driving is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, and 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 either a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or 50 hours of community service. Prior to this chapter's enactment, the punishment was loss of license for six months and a fine of no more than $500. The bill also clarifies that punishment for underage drinking includes, but is not limited to, the license forfeiture and either a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or 50 hours of community service. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090302568
01/12/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/19/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
01/21/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2009Read first time
01/26/2009Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/27/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2009Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/23/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Reading of amendments waived
02/25/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/25/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/25/2009Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2009Placed on Calendar
02/26/2009Senate amendments agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1868ER)
03/10/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 660 (effective 7/1/09)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0660)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


Bill writes:

You can blow a .02 without having consumed a single drop of alcohol. This bill is insanity! Stop the MADDness and restore some rational thought to DUI laws. Nobody is for drunk driving but this is crazy. Educate yourself about the truth:


DGJ writes:

Janis is a lunatic. Zero-tolerance rules are almost always a bad idea.