(Richmond)- Governor Northam signed a bill yesterday that will ban the use of hand-held devices while driving. While it technically became a law last week, it will officially be enacted in January. The General Assembly required six months for people to get used to the new rules. Beginning January 1st 2021, it will be a fine of 125-dollars if you are caught behind the wheel with a phone in your hand and 250-dollars out of your pocket for any other instance after. Maryland also has a similar ban on hand-held devices.