Lehigh County Judge Strikes Down Allentown Cell Phone Ban

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On May 4, 2011, a Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge declared invalid an Allentown PA ordinance banning the use of hand held phones while driving. Judge Anthony’s ruling noted that the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code requires motor vehicle regulations be the same throughout the Commonwealth. Motorists should not be subject to inconsistent driving laws from county to county.

The Allentown City Council passed the ordinance in question on March 3, 2010. Two months later, a driver was charged with a citation after being observed using a cell phone while driving. After an appeal was taken from a District Justice’s decision, the driver’s attorney filed a Motion to Dismiss which was granted by the Lehigh County Trial Judge.

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