In May 2009, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a cell phone ban, prohibiting the use of a hand held device, while driving. Hands-free devices such as blue tooth were exempt. First time offenders were subject to a $150 fine, which would double if caught again.
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.
It seems that for most Pennsylvanians, a day doesn’t go by without their cell phones being within close, convenient reach. Unfortunately, for far too many motorists, this includes while being behind the wheel. Currently, there is no state-wide cell phone ban in Pennsylvania for hand-held