Wireless telecommunications devices; prohibits use of text messaging while driving certain vehicles. (HB2380)

Introduced By

Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Text messaging and emailing while driving. Prohibits operation of a motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped on the highways in the Commonwealth while using any wireless telecommunications device for the purpose of composing or sending any text message or email. This bill provides exemptions for persons lawfully parked or stopped, the use of global positioning systems (GPS), and the use of a wireless telecommunications device to report an emergency. The provisions of this bill do not apply to operators of emergency vehicles. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095829720
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/19/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2380)
02/05/2009Incorporated by Transportation (HB1876-Cosgrove)


Mike Mitchell writes:

Of the several bills of this type entering the legislature this session, this is perhaps the most clear. However, another exemption should be added to exempt licensed amateur ("ham") radio operators, most of whom for decades have operated their radios while safely driving their vehicles.