Handheld personal communications devices; unlawful to use on school property or crossing, etc. (SB981)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School zones; use of certain devices by drivers prohibited. Provides that any person who operates a moving motor vehicle within a school zone or school crossing zone while using any handheld personal communications device in any manner for any purpose is guilty of a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $250. The bill also provides that signs marking school zones shall contain a notice indicating that the use of handheld personal communications devices is prohibited within the zones. Read the Bill »


02/15/2013: Merged into SB1222


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13
01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103147D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/29/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB981)
01/30/2013Reported from Transportation with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2013Committee substitute printed 13104290D-S1
02/01/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104290D-S1
02/04/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB981S1
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Passed Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/06/2013Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/07/2013Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2013Referred from Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/13/2013Subcommittee recommends incorporating (SB1222-Norment)
02/15/2013Incorporated by Courts of Justice (SB1222-Norment)


Paul Smith writes:

Is this a real problem? If so, where are the statistics to show that this is an issue and not another grab at freedoms in the name of imagined security. Should we also ban changing your radio station / CD / 8track / ipod track? Or is this useless legislation to solve a non-existant problem?