Distracted driving; penalty. (HB180)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Distracted driving; penalty. Expands the prohibition on manually entering multiple letters or text in a handheld communications device while operating a motor vehicle to also prohibit the manual selection of multiple icons and removes the condition that such manual entry is prohibited only if performed as a means of communicating with another person. The bill prohibits the operator of a motor vehicle from reading any information displayed on the device; current law prohibits reading an email or text message. The bill provides that this prohibition does not apply to reading any information displayed through the use of a global positioning system for the purpose of navigation. The bill eliminates the current exemption from the prohibition on using a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle when the vehicle is stopped or not moving; the current exemption from the prohibition when the vehicle is parked is not affected. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/23/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101408D
12/23/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/02/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (7-Y 0-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice