New Ban on Texting and Driving Goes into Effect

Starting today, if you pick up a phone to text while driving, you could also pick up a ticket.


A law signed in November that goes into effect today makes it a primary offense to send, read or write a text message or email while driving. The law also forbids browsing the internet on your IWCD — that’s Interactive Wireless Communication Device, or phone.

However, it’s still OK to talk on your phone while driving.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website, those convicted will face a fine of $50; the penalty is a summary offense … and no one is going to take your phone.

See more details here.

According to March 7 AAA Mid-Atlantic press release, 35 percent of drivers admit to reading or sending texts while driving, and 95 percent agree that it’s dangerous.

“According to federal research, sending or reading a text, takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that's like driving the length of an entire football field, blindfolded,” Jim Lardear, Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic said in the press release. “ In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted-driving crashes."

Abington Police did not immediately return calls from Patch regarding the new law. 

Elayne Aion March 08, 2012 at 08:46 PM
This law still allows making a call and I fail to see the difference between inattention while texting and inattention while tapping in a phone number. And unless police officers are vigilant and motivated to stop people texting, I doubt this law will have any effect at all.
Tiffany March 09, 2012 at 10:45 AM
I see police talking on phones while driving all the time. However, I have had to use my phone's navigation and hold it in my hand. Is that considered texting as well?
Victor B. Krievins March 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Mark. You are right on the Money as usual!
Marc Lombardi March 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Driving with one hand on the wheel is unsafe. If you need to use your phone's GPS then you should purchase a holder for the phone that would allow you to have access to the information on the screen without holding it.
Victor B. Krievins March 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM
The matk I refer to is mark bermard, not marc lombardi.


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