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2013 SESSION

13103147D
SENATE BILL NO. 981
Offered January 9, 2013
Prefiled January 8, 2013
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 46.2-1078.2, relating to use of handheld personal communications devices in specified school zones; penalty.
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Patron-- Howell
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Referred to Committee on Transportation
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 46.2-1078.2 as follows:

46.2-1078.2. Use of handheld personal communications devices in specified school zones prohibited; penalty.

A. Any person who operates a moving motor vehicle within a school zone or school crossing zone as defined in 46.2-873 while using any handheld personal communications device in any manner for any purpose is guilty of a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of no more than $250. Any signs that are erected or have been erected pursuant to 46.2-873 shall contain a notice indicating that the use of handheld personal communications devices is prohibited within the zone.

B. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any law-enforcement officer while engaged in the performance of his official duties or any school personnel while engaged in the performance of their official duties.