Proposal bans holding cellphones while driving in Virginia

Posted at 5:29 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 05:30:17-05

Current law prohibits reading or typing messages on a personal communications device while driving.

However, holding such a device is legal, except while driving in a work zone.

House Bill 874, currently being considered in the Virginia General Assembly, would prohibit holding a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle.

HB874 and SB160 would enact such a ban and penalize drivers $125 for a first offense and $250 for any subsequent one.

Drivers would still be able to operate their phones if they are lawfully parked or stopped or are reporting an emergency.