Holding Phones While Driving Will Be Illegal in Virginia Starting Jan. 1

Starting January 1, 2021, it will be illegal to hold a phone while driving in Virginia.


State officials say making it illegal and enforceable is a necessary step toward reducing deaths on the road.

“If you’re looking down at your phone, texting or checking an email, you’re not looking at the road and that can go so far, so badly, so fast,” said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

You can still talk on the phone, but you cannot hold your phone. If you’re caught, the first offense will set you back $125. You can learn more here.