Transportation safety; adopting several initiatives. (HB1439)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), and Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Transportation safety. Adopts several initiatives related to transportation and safety, including (i) making it illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; (ii) requiring all passengers in a vehicle to wear safety belts and making failure to wear a safety belt a primary offense; (iii) prohibiting the use of handheld personal communication devices; (iv) establishing a speed monitoring program in highway safety corridors that uses a vehicle sensor to take a picture of a vehicle traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit, subjecting the driver to a monetary fine; and (v) allowing localities to lower the speed limit below 25 miles per hour in business and residential districts. The bill directs the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish an advisory committee to oversee education and training materials and implementation and enforcement of policies such as the bill's safety belt and handheld personal communications device provisions. The bill decreases the frequency of vehicle inspections from every 12 months to every 24 months. The bill contains numerous technical amendments. Read the Bill »


03/12/2020: failed house


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104140D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles
01/27/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2020Reported from Transportation with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20107173D-H1
02/07/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107985D-H2
02/07/2020Substitute bill reprinted 20107985D-H2
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee on Transportation substitute rejected 20107173D-H1
02/10/2020Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 20107985D-H2
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1439H2
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/20/2020Reported from Transportation with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/20/2020Committee substitute printed 20108821D-S1
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 92-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108821D-S1
02/26/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1439S1
02/26/2020Passed Senate with substitute (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108821D-S1 (0-Y 92-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 92-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate requested conference committee
02/27/2020House acceded to request
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2020Delegates: McQuinn, Jones, Knight
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2020Senators: Lucas, Marsden, Suetterlein
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109492D-H3
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 42-N)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report rejected by Senate (11-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020No further action taken
03/12/2020Failed to pass in House

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB907.