Thursday, November 10, 2011

Texting While Driving Banned in Pennsylvania

On Wednesday, Governor Corbett signed into law a prohibition against texting while driving.  The new law, which does not go into effect until four months from now, bans sending, reading, or writing a text-based message from a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer, or other similar devices

The law further provides that texting while driving will be a primary offense in Pennsylvania, meaning a police officer can pull a driver over for this reason alone.  The offense will carry a potential $50 fine.

According to an Associated Press article on the topic, prior to the passage of this law, provisions pertaining to bans on the use of cellphones by drivers without hands-free devices were taken out.  The article goes on to note that those cellphone ban provisions may be addressed in later legislation.

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