Richmond City
joins other localities in banning handheld cell phone use while driving

On December 9, 2019, the Richmond City Council voted to adopt a new ordinance, Section 27-40.1, which broadly prohibits the use of a handheld cell phone for any reason within Richmond City limits, with certain exceptions for dialing 911 or use by emergency personnel. You can read more about the ordinance here. The full text of the resolution is available from the Richmond City Council website here.

If you have any questions about this article, or about Virginia driving laws in general, contact Matthias Kaseorg (804-377-1273) at or Steve Setliff (804-377-1261) at

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