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Drivers! Holding a device (cellphone) while driving will be illegal beginning June 9!

Hey neighbors, here’s an article made by NBC12. Super short read so be sure to visit the link and read about it!

By NBC12 Newsroom| May 20, 2020 at 9:47 AM EDT – Updated May 20 at 9:47 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Due to a Richmond city ordinance, holding a device while driving in the city of Richmond will become illegal beginning on June 9.

Police say starting on June 9 drivers using a handheld device while driving on a public street or highway in the City of Richmond could be found guilty of distracted driving and be fined.


Bad news for drivers who rely on holding their cellphones to use as GPS devices! Be aware that this applies to any hand-held device, too.

Stay safe everybody!

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Trey
Trey
4 months ago

Can City or Richmond traffic and driving ordinances supersede state VDOT regulations? In other states, this was tried, but the state ruled against the local ordinances. For the record, I’m all in favor of hands free driving.

jean mcdaniel
jean mcdaniel
4 months ago

I am happy about this new law! I have been rearended three times by drivers who were on their cell phones. Fortunately, I was not injured (and fortunately for them none of my pets were in the car at the time) but in each case the other driver was arrogant and non apologetic about their actions. We have all been on the interstate and run up on someone doing 45 in a 65 mph zone because they were on their phone slowly changing lanes, taking up two lanes etc. I hope tickets start FLYING!

jean mcdaniel
jean mcdaniel
4 months ago

I commented on this yesterday but it has not been posted?

Joshua
Joshua
3 months ago

This is not going to solve distracted driving while using a mobile phone. The distraction will still occur while the phone is attached to a dashboard or windshield and drivers text, type away, and watch Youtube. Having the device in ones hand was not the problem, the use of the device while driving is the problem.

jean mcdaniel
jean mcdaniel
3 months ago

Joshua, I agree with you, however at least it is a start. Prior to this law there was nothing the police could do to stop or discorage inconsiderate, distracted drivers. Hopefully the price of a ticket or defending oneself in court will be more of a deterrant than nothing.

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