Handheld personal communications devices; prohibits use thereof while operating motor vehicle, etc. (HB1404)

Introduced By

Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use of handheld personal communications devices; penalty.  Prohibits any use of a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle, bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped on the highways in the Commonwealth and makes such use a primary offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


08/25/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100129D
08/25/2010Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/2011Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/27/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/2011Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Hal writes:

I'll be dammned if I'd let some cop pull me over for using a cell phone while riding a bicyle. Sounds like a waste of time. I bet most cops wouldn't even bother with this (for bicyles) unless the rider is clueless or resort towns just want this for getting more funds out of tourists & pissing the tourists off.

Mike Watson writes:

Be careful Hal. If HB1403 passes, they'll take that bicycle.