SEARCH SITE

Search FAQs

VIRGINIA LAW PORTAL

SEARCHABLE DATABASES

ACROSS SESSIONS

Developed and maintained by the Division of Legislative Automated Systems.

2018 SESSION

  • | print version

HB 1384 Handheld personal communications devices in motor vehicles; hands-free operation, exceptions.

Introduced by: Hala S. Ayala | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Hands-free operation of handheld personal communications devices in motor vehicles; exceptions. 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. The bill provides that if such device is mounted to the dashboard of the vehicle it shall not obscure the driver's view of any portion of the windshield other than specifically allowed. 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 or (ii) by an operator who activates, deactivates, or initiates a factory-installed feature or function on the vehicle and removes the exemption for an operator who is lawfully parked or stopped.


FULL TEXT

HISTORY