Hand-held device while driving law enforced starting January 1, 2021

Hand-held device while driving law enforced starting January 1, 2021
On July 1st you can be fined up to $500 for being on your cellphone while driving. (Source: WFIE)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Starting January 1, holding a cell phone while driving will be illegal and considered a primary offense allowing officers to pull you over.

State legislature originally passed a law in July banning handheld devices but gave a six month grace period for education.

“Holding any type of hands free device, whether you are checking, taking a phone call while driving, checking a text message, entering letters or reading an email or any type of message that’s already currently stored in the phone it will now be a primary offense,” Albemarle County Police Officer Jay Morris said.

Anyone pulled over for their first offense will receive a $150 fine. Fines will increase for subsequent offenses.

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