Reckless driving; using a handheld personal communications device, penalty. (HB1848)

Introduced By

Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke), and Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Reckless driving; using a handheld communications device; penalty. Provides that driving while simultaneously using a handheld communications device for something other than verbal communication constitutes driving a motor vehicle that is not under proper control, punishable as reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, the more specific offense of "texting while driving" (repealed by this bill) incurs a $20 fine and is a secondary offense, which means that a law-enforcement officer must have cause to stop or detain a driver for some other violation, the primary offense, before issuing a citation for texting while driving, the secondary offense.

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02/01/2013: Merged into HB1907


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102175D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/16/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1848)
01/21/2013Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1907-Anderson)
02/01/2013Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB1907-Anderson)