Wireless telecommunications device; prohibits using while operating a moving motor vehicle, penalty. (HB415)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Operation of moving motor vehicle while distracted; penalties.  Prohibits the operation of a moving motor vehicle while engaged in other activities, such as using a wireless telephone or other wireless telecommunications device without a hands-free apparatus, searching for an item, or personal grooming. Current law specifically prohibits the use of a handheld personal communications device to send or read an email or text message while operating a moving motor vehicle. The bill allows for certain exceptions, including the use of a citizens band radio. The offense would be a secondary offense punishable by a $40 fine on the first offense and a $100 fine for each subsequent offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103144D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/25/2012Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/03/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB415)
02/14/2012Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety