Handheld personal communications devices; mandatory minimum fine when convicted of reckless driving. (SB1222)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

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 Under current law, the more specific offense of "texting while driving" (repealed by this bill) incurs a $20 fine and is a secondary offense, which means that a law-enforcement officer must have cause to stop or detain a driver for some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. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102174D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/17/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1222)
01/23/2013Rereferred from Transportation (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2013Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/04/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Committee substitute printed 13104758D-S1
02/04/2013Incorporates SB1160
02/04/2013Incorporates SB1238
02/05/2013Read second time
02/05/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104758D-S1
02/05/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1222S1
02/05/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Passed Senate (24-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1222S1)
02/11/2013Placed on Calendar
02/11/2013Read first time
02/11/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/13/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/15/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Committee substitute printed 13105183D-H1
02/18/2013Incorporates SB1160
02/18/2013Incorporates SB1238
02/18/2013Incorporates SB981
02/18/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1222H1)
02/19/2013Read second time
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105183D-H1
02/20/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1222H1
02/20/2013Passed House with substitute (91-Y 6-N 2-A)
02/20/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 6-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013House substitute agreed to by Senate (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Title replaced 13105183D-H1
02/21/2013Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (35-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013House substitute agreed to by Senate (27-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013Enrolled
02/23/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1222ER)
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/25/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1222ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 790 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 1, 2 and 3 (86-Y 11-N 2-A)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (86-Y 11-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation #4 (83-Y 13-N 2-A)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (83-Y 13-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (SB1222ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 790 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0790)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 10 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1360.

Comments

stephen writes:

The writer of this bill must talk on his cell phone while driving, and thats why cell phones were left off this list. I think the writer should be forced to look at some of the victims of people that were talking on their cell phones.

Sally writes:

this bill appears to outlaw Google Navigator, an app that reads directions to you and is often used as a GPS. navigator is safer than trying to drive and read directions, and safer than talking on the phone while driving.

The bill making texting a primary offense is better and does not have this flaw.

Many people use Navigator as their primary GPS

Eric Herr writes:

I think this is a fine way to prevent texting--I agree with that. But it appears to unintentionally prevent the use of navigation programs or playing music--I do not believe this was the plan. Language must be modified to permit these uses.