Understanding the Virginia Hands-Free Driving Law

On January 1, 2021 the Virginia hands-free driving law goes into effect. Find out what the law means for you and how much a ticket will cost.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of automobile accidents. While many things can distract drivers, the biggest culprit is the cell phone. You might think it’s not a big deal, you only looked down at your phone for five seconds to send a quick text. But it is a big deal. At 55 mph, taking your eyes off the road for five seconds is the equivalence of driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

What Does the Virginia Hands-Free Driving Law Mean?

As of January 1, 2021, it is illegal to hold a phone while driving a moving vehicle on the highways in Virginia.  You can use GPS or make phone calls as long as the device is mounted and not in your hands. The law does not apply to anybody who is parked or stopped or using their phone to report an emergency.

How Much is a Ticket for Virginia’s Hands-Free Law?

A violation of the Virginia Hands-Free Law is punishable for first offenses with a fine of $125. Subsequent offenses will result in a fine of $250. Any violation in a construction zone or a work zone will result in a mandatory $250 fine.

Dock Your Phone with ProClip

If you need to use your phone for navigation, music streaming or hands-free calling, a quality phone mount in your car can keep you safe and avoid the ticket. A phone mount from ProClip can keep your phone docked safely and out of your hands. Always remember to drive safely and that the text can wait.

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