It’s Still Legal To Use Your Phone — Mostly — After Failure Of Hands-Free Bill In Virginia

Virginia lawmakers were poised to put new restrictions on cell phone use while driving, but over the weekend the bill — which would have gone into effect in 2020 — was abruptly scuttled. 

During the course of the Virginia legislative session, both the House and Senate passed similar bills that would ban drivers from holding cell phones while driving. Lawmakers said this restriction would be easier for police to enforce, because it’s easy to tell if someone is holding their phone. It’s already illegal in Virginia to read on a phone or text while driving, but the law doesn’t cover things like using apps or streaming video.