According to the Virginia Code, it is unlawful for anyone to hold a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle.
A first time offense will result in a $125 fine. A second offense will result in a $250 fine. If convicted of texting while driving, expect three demerit points to be added to your record.
46.2-818.2 Use of Handheld Personal Communications Devices – § 46.2-818.2. Use of handheld personal communications devices in certain motor vehicles; exceptions; penalty (virginia.gov)
- It is unlawful for any person, while driving a moving motor vehicle on the highways in Virginia to hold a handheld personal communications device
- A violation could result in a fine of $125 (first offense) or a fine of $250 (second offense)
As of January 1, 2021 Virginia prohibits drivers from holding cell phones or any other wireless communication devices while driving except in a driver emergency or the vehicle is lawfully parked or stopped. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles