Handheld personal communications devices; mandatory minimum fine when convicted of reckless driving. (HB1907)

Introduced By

Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), and Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Driving while texting; primary offense; increased penalties. Provides that driving while texting is a traffic infraction punishable, for a first offense, by a fine of $250 and, for a second or subsequent offense, by a fine of $500. The current penalties are $20 for a first offense and $50 for a second or subsequent offense. The bill also changes the offense from a secondary offense (one that can only be charged when the offender is stopped for another, separate offense) to a primary offense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103495D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2013Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/28/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/29/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1907)
02/01/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Committee substitute printed 13104350D-H1
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1883
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1360
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1495
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1848
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1357
02/01/2013Incorporates HB1540
02/02/2013Read first time
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104350D-H1
02/04/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1907H1
02/05/2013Read third time and passed House (92-Y 4-N 2-A)
02/05/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 4-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/13/2013Rereferred from Transportation (9-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/15/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Read third time
02/19/2013Passed Senate (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1907ER)
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/27/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1907ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by House
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 752 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 1, 2 and 3 (80-Y 14-N 2-A)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (80-Y 14-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation #4 (86-Y 8-N 2-A)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (86-Y 8-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (HB1907ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 752 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0752)


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 16 minutes.