Handheld personal communications devices; holding devices while driving a motor vehicle. (SB136)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


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 SB 160. Read the Bill »


01/23/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


12/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101412D
12/18/2019Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB136)
01/23/2020Incorporated by Transportation (SB160-Surovell) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB160, HB377, HB512 and HB874.

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