Handheld personal communications devices; use while driving, penalty. (SB1279)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving; penalty. Provides that, subject to certain exceptions, using a handheld personal communications device while operating a moving vehicle, unless such device is used in voice-operated or hands-free mode, is a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of $125 for a first offense and $250 for a second or subsequent offense. If a person is using such a device at the same time he (i) violates any traffic offense punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony or (ii) causes an accident as the proximate result of his use of the device, he is guilty of reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently, only texting while driving is a traffic infraction, subject to the same $125 and $250 fines. The bill also eliminates the additional mandatory minimum fine imposed upon a person convicted of reckless driving who was texting while driving at the time of the offense. Amends § 46.2-1078.1, § 46.2-868, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102249D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/18/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1279)
01/28/2015Committee substitute printed to Web only 15103955D-S1
01/28/2015Passed by indefinitely in Transportation (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)