PA Senate Bans Texting and Driving

Posted on: June 14th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On June 8, 2011, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would, if passed by the House and signed by Governor Corbett, ban texting while driving. It would be a primary offense. Police could stop and cite the driver for that offense independent of any other PA Motor Vehicle Law charge. Talking with a hand held cell phone would be a secondary offense.

Experienced drivers could talk using a hands-free device but drivers with learner’s permits or junior licenses would be banned from using any phone even if hands free. The proposed law also prohibits mailing, browsing the internet or instant messaging while driving.

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