Wireless telecommunications devices; prohibits answering a call unless in hands-free mode. (SB1351)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Wireless telecommunications devices in motor vehicles.  Extends prohibition on use of wireless telecommunications devices in motor vehicles to initiating or answering a call on such device, unless the device is configured for hands-free operation and is being used in the hands-free mode. The bill also provides for graduated penalties for violations. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101511D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/20/2011Rereferred from Transportation (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2011Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/21/2011Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/07/2011Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Read second time and engrossed
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Passed Senate (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2011Placed on Calendar
02/10/2011Read first time
02/10/2011Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/15/2011Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/17/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/22/2011Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


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 14 minutes.


Jim Duncan writes:

Seriously? How in the world does one expect to enforce/prove that you're not using handsfree to *dial* in your car?