jenrgw Pennsylvania Has a New Distracted Driving Law

On November 9, 2011 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill that allowed his state join the majority of other states in the nation that ban texting and driving.

As of March 8, 2012 it will be illegal to read, write or send a text message, email, or instant message while operating a moving vehicle in Pennsylvania. Drivers are also prohibited from browsing the web while driving.

A violation of this law will be a primary offense. That means that police may pull over and ticket a driver whom they believe has broken the law. The penalty for breaking this Pennsylvania distracted driving law will be $50.

Currently, Pennsylvania does not ban all drivers from talking on a handheld cell phone while driving. The new law is limited to text based messages and web browsing. Does the law go far enough? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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