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Use Of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving

Concerning the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.
2018 Regular Session
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Current law prohibits the use of wireless telephones while driving for individuals who are younger than 18 years of age. The bill:

  • Extends the prohibition to drivers of all ages;
  • Increases the penalty for minor drivers from $50 per violation to $300 per violation, to match the penalty that currently applies to adult drivers;
  • Extends the existing prohibition of the use of wireless telephones to include all mobile electronic devices;
  • Creates an exception to the prohibition of the use of mobile electronic devices for adult drivers who use a mobile electronic device through the use of a hands-free device; and
  • Repeals a sentence enhancement for a violation that causes a bodily injury or death.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. L. Court
Rep. J. Melton



The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details