Hands-free driving bill dies in final hours of Virginia General Assembly

Although Lawmakers in both the House of Delegates and Virginia State Senate passed hands-free driving bills, they could not come to final agreement on a “Hands Free Driving Law,” which would have outlawed driving while holding a phone before the 2019 General Assembly session ended.

As a result, any efforts to change the distracted driving statute in Virginia will wait until 2020 at the earliest.

Del. Chris Collins (R – Winchester) and Sen. Richard Stuart (R – Montross) sponsored the bills that would have expanded “the prohibition on using a handheld personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle to all uses unless the device is specifically designed to allow hands-free and voice operation and the device is being used in that manner.”