Improper driving; use of handheld communication device while driving vehicle. (HB181)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Distracted driving; handheld communications device. Provides that any person who drives a motor vehicle on any highway while using a handheld personal communications device where such use substantially diverts the driver's attention from the operation of the motor vehicle is guilty of distracted driving. Current law prohibits only the reading of an email or text message on the device and manually entering letters or text in the device as a means of communication. The bill provides that distracted driving is punishable as a traffic infraction with a fine of not more than $500 and a mandatory minimum fine of $250 if the violation occurs in a highway work zone. Read the Bill »


03/10/2018: failed house


12/23/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101409D
12/23/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB181)
01/30/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/02/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Committee substitute printed 18106661D-H1
02/07/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB181H1)
02/07/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/08/2018Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/09/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Committee substitute printed 18107022D-H2
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB181H2)
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee substitute from Courts of Justice February 5, 2018 rejected 18106661D-H1
02/12/2018Committee substitute from Courts of Justice February 9, 2018 agreed to 18107022D-H2
02/12/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB181H2
02/13/2018Read third time and defeated by House (47-Y 53-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: DEFEATED (47-Y 53-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
02/13/2018Passed House (50-Y 47-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (50-Y 47-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/26/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (10-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Passed by for the day
03/02/2018Passed by for the day
03/05/2018Substitute by Senator Surovell agreed to
03/05/2018Substitute by Senator Obenshain ruled out of order
03/05/2018Read third time
03/05/2018Committee amendments rejected
03/05/2018Amendment by Senator Obenshain withdrawn
03/05/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2018Floor substitute printed 18107734D-S1 (Surovell)
03/05/2018Substitute by Senator Surovell agreed to 18107734D-S1
03/05/2018Floor substitute printed 18107898D-S2 (Obenshain)
03/05/2018Substitute by Senator Obenshain ruled out of order 18107898D-S2
03/05/2018Passed by temporarily
03/05/2018Passed by for the day
03/06/2018Read third time
03/06/2018Reading of amendment waived
03/06/2018Amendment by Senator Petersen agreed to (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Passed by temporarily
03/06/2018Amendment by Senator Norment rejected (20-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Chair votes No
03/06/2018Amendment by Senator Norment reconsidered (38-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Amendment by Senator Norment agreed to (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute with amendments HB181S1
03/06/2018Passed Senate with substitute with amendments (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Placed on Calendar
03/07/2018Passed by for the day
03/08/2018Passed by until the end of the calendar
03/08/2018Senate substitute with amendments rejected by House 18107734D-S1 (0-Y 96-N)
03/08/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Senate insisted on amendments (35-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/08/2018House acceded to request
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Collins, Habeeb, Bourne
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Obenshain, Newman, Peake
03/10/2018Failed to pass in House
03/10/2018No further action taken
03/10/2018Failed to pass


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 37 minutes.