Texting Banned While Driving on PA Roads and Highways
Pennsylvania has enacted a new law that prohibits texting while driving on PA roadways. The new law does not prevent the use of cell phones while driving. If caught, the fine is $50.00.
The new law applies to any text-based communications while driving. Police are permitted to pull over a suspected violator of the new law. The law applies to phones, computers, or other electronic devices that can send text messages and emails. Police may not seize the device during the stop.
Pennsylvania becomes the 38th state to enact such legislation.
In 2010, Pennsylvania reported approximately 14,000 accidents resulting from distracted drivers, including 68 deaths.
Hopefully, this ban will make Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, PA roads safer.