At present, there is no prohibition on the use of cell phones while driving for motorists age 18 and older.
It is against the law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for any person operating a moving motor vehicle to use a handheld personal communication device to enter or type a message to be communicated or to read a new text message or e-mail or a stored text message or e-mail. A driver may use such a device while legally parked (VA Code Sec. 46.2-1078.1).
A driver may use a factory-installed or aftermarket global positioning system (GPS) or wireless communications device used to transmit or receive data as part of a digital dispatch system while in motion.
This law may be cited only if a driver has violated another provision of the Traffic Code, and the violation is considered a traffic infraction.
Drivers of emergency vehicles are exempt from this law.