Handheld personal communications devices; use while driving, exceptions, penalty. (HB2435)

Introduced By

Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving; penalty. Expands the prohibition of using a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle to all communications unless the device is specifically designed to allow voice and hands-free operation and the device is being used in that manner. Current law prohibits only the reading of an email or text message and manually entering letters or text in the device as a means of communicating. The bill expands the exemptions to include handheld personal communications devices that are used for navigation or generating audio transmissions when the device is physically mounted to the vehicle. The bill provides that any violation of this prohibition that occurs concurrently with an additional traffic offense, or if the violation results in an accident, may be punishable as reckless driving. Current law provides that a violation of this prohibition is punishable as a traffic infraction only. Read the Bill »


02/03/2017: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/20/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103552D
01/20/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2017Impact statement from VCSC (HB2435)
01/30/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2435)
02/01/2017Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/01/2017Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1834-Anderson)
02/03/2017Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB1834-Anderson)