Pennsylvania Bans Texting While Driving
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania State Senate approved legislation prohibiting motorists from sending, receiving, or reading text messages while driving.
A day after this overwhelming 45-5 approval, the House sent the Bill to Governor Corbett, whom they expect to sign and make this bill a State Law.
Absent from the bill is a provision to outlaw talking on a handheld cell phone while driving, similar to the one enacted in Philadelphia. However, any law that bans any form of distracted driving is still a victory for safe driving advocates.
Originally, texting while driving was to be a secondary offense, meaning the offender could only be fined if they were stopped for a more serious offense, such as running a red light. But committed state legislators boosted it to a primary offense. Anyone caught in violate of this ban will face a $50 penalty.
Distracted Driving claims over 5,000 lives per year . Pennsylvania lawmakers as well as Advocates for Ending Distracted Driving are hoping that this ban and its enforcement will provide a significant decrease, and lead to an eventual end to deaths from distracted driving.