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Governor Corbett Signs Law Banning Texting While Driving

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett recently signed a bill into law that bans texting while driving across the state. At the bill signing, Governor Corbett stated, “Senate Bill 314 aims to put a halt to texting from behind the wheel and is intended to save lives. No text message is worth a human life. The message of this legislation is drive now and text later.”

The law prohibits sending, reading or writing a text message from a cell phone, smartphone, PDA, computer or any similar device, such as iPad or tablet while driving. The law makes texting or any related actions a primary offense, which means an officer may stop a person solely for committing one of these offenses. Police will enforce the law by observing drivers, interviewing witnesses and if necessary, subpoenaing a driver’s cell phone records. If convicted, the fine is $50.

Pennsylvania has become the 31st state to ban texting while driving. Pennsylvania’s law takes effect March 8, 2012.

According to Governor Corbett, there were 13,790 crashes and 66 fatalities in Pennsylvania caused by distracted driving in 2010 alone. This law aims to lower those statistics and create greater awareness of distracted driving as a serious public safety issue.

Distracted driving refers to performing an activity while driving that directs your attention away from the act of driving. It includes:

  • texting-either receiving or sending
  • eating
  • drinking
  • talking on a cell phone
  • talking with passengers
  • manipulating a car’s device such as a GPS/navigation unit or a car stereo

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 people die and 1,200 people are injured every day in this country as a result of distracted driving. A Virginia Tech study determined that those who are texting while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash. In a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic, nearly a third of the respondents admitted that they had read or sent a text while driving in the last 30 days. In that same study, almost all of the respondents stated that texting while driving was extremely dangerous. The new law will hopefully result in a decline in distracted driving across the state.

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