Handheld personal communications devices, use while driving. (HB1811)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Bob Thomas (R-Stafford), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving. Expands the prohibition on using a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle to all uses unless the device is specifically designed to allow hands-free and voice operation and the device is being used in that manner. Current law prohibits only the reading of any 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 (i) for navigation or generating audio transmissions when the device is physically mounted to the vehicle; (ii) as an amateur radio or a citizens band radio; (iii) to activate, deactivate, or initiate a factory-installed feature or function on the vehicle; or (iv) for official Department of Transportation or traffic incident management services. Amends § 46.2-1078.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/14/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


12/29/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101202D
12/29/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1811)
01/14/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1

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The following bills are identical to this one: SB1341.

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