Driving while texting; primary offense, increased penalties. (SB1160)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driving while texting; primary offense; increased penalties. Provides that driving while texting is a traffic infraction punishable, for a first offense, by a fine of $250 and, for a second or subsequent offense, by a fine of $500. The current penalties are $20 for a first offense and $50 for a second or subsequent offense. The bill also changes the offense from a secondary offense (one that can only be charged when the offender is stopped for another, separate offense) to a primary offense. The bill also provides that a violation of this provision does not preclude prosecution under any other applicable provision of the criminal law or of the law governing the operation of motor vehicles. Amends § 46.2-1078.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


02/04/2013: Merged into SB1222


  • 01/09/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103482D
  • 01/09/2013 Referred to Committee on Transportation
  • 01/23/2013 Rereferred from Transportation (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/23/2013 Rereferred to Courts of Justice
  • 01/29/2013 Impact statement from DPB (SB1160)
  • 02/04/2013 Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1222-Norment) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)