Handheld personal communications devices; holding devices while driving a motor vehicle. (HB377)

Introduced By

Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Holding handheld personal communications devices while driving a motor vehicle. Prohibits any person from holding a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle. Current law prohibits (i) the reading of any email or text message and manually entering letters or text in such a device as a means of communicating and (ii) holding a personal communications device while driving in a work zone. The bill expands the exemptions to include handheld personal communications devices that are being held and used (a) as an amateur radio or a citizens band radio or (b) for official Department of Transportation or traffic incident management services. This bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. This bill was incorporated into HB 874. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102351D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/15/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB874-Bourne)
02/13/2020Incorporated by Transportation (HB874-Bourne) (22-Y 0-N)
02/13/2020Left in Transportation

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB136, SB160, HB512 and HB874.