Distracted driving; penalty. (HB1834)

Introduced By

Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge) with support from co-patrons Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Distracted driving; penalty. Expands the prohibition on manually entering multiple letters or text in a handheld communications device while operating a motor vehicle to also prohibit the manual selection of multiple icons and removes the condition that such manual entry is prohibited only if performed as a means of communicating with another person. The bill prohibits the operator of a motor vehicle from reading any information displayed on the device; current law prohibits reading an email or text message. The bill provides that this prohibition does not apply to reading any information displayed through the use of a global position system for the purposes of navigation. The bill eliminates the current exemption from the prohibition on using a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle when the vehicle is stopped or not moving; the current exemption from the prohibition when the vehicle is parked is not affected. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103620D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2017Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/30/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1834)
02/01/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (11-Y 0-N)
02/03/2017Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (9-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)