VA SB74 | 2018 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)
Status: Introduced on December 1 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2017-12-01 - Referred to Committee on Transportation
Pending: Senate Transportation Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]

Summary

Use of handheld personal communications devices while driving. Expands the prohibition on using a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle to all communications unless the device is specifically designed to allow voice and hands-free operation and the device is being used in that manner. Current law prohibits only the reading of an email or text message and manually entering letters or text in the device as a means of communicating. The bill expands the exemptions to include handheld personal communications devices that are used (i) for navigation or generating audio transmissions when the device is physically mounted to the vehicle, (ii) as a citizens band radio, (iii) by federally licensed amateur radio operators under certain circumstances, or (iv) by an operator who activates, deactivates, or initiates a factory-installed feature or function on the vehicle.

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Title

Handheld personal communications devices; use while driving.

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History

DateChamberAction
2017-12-01SenateReferred to Committee on Transportation
2017-12-01SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101511D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
4621078.1(n/a)See Bill Text

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