Wireless telecommunications devices; prohibits talking on such device unless in hands-free mode. (SB10)

Introduced By

Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Wireless telecommunications devices in motor vehicles. Extends prohibition on use of  wireless telecommunications devices in motor vehicles to talking on such device, unless the device is configured for hands-free operation and is being used in the hands-free mode. Read the Bill »

Status

01/28/2010: Merged into SB517

History

DateAction
12/10/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100094D
12/10/2009Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/28/2010Incorporated by Transportation (SB517-Norment) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

Virginia ITSP Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Public Safety - Hands Free

Jack F., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

About time. This bill will save lives.

W V Jenner writes:

Its time for Virginia to enter the 21st Cnt'ry. and pass this darned thing.!

W V Jenner writes:

Technology provides us with the ability to go hands-free... We need to do this for all Virginians...

Chris W. writes:

This needs to make using a handheld wireless device a primary offense, with points and exponential fines (not some petty slap on the wrist).

Greg E. writes:

These cell phone bans don't do anything to improve safety! (So says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr012910.html) It's a waste of time unless the actual goal is to put more money in the Commonwealth's coffers. And, since it isn't a primary offense, this bill won't even be good at extorting money from Virginia drivers!