Texting Ban Goes into Effect This Week
HARRISBURG – A law signed late last year by Gov. Tom Corbett to improve safety on Pennsylvania roadways by banning texting while driving takes effect Thursday, March 8, Rep. Dave Hickernell (R–Lancaster/Dauphin) said today.

On that day and thereafter, drivers of all ages are prohibited from using interactive wireless communication devices for the purposes of reading, writing or sending a text message or email while operating a motor vehicle.

“National studies have shown that those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in an accident,” Hickernell said. “I believe this new law will save lives by encouraging drivers to focus on the road and reach their destination safely.”

Texting while driving will be classified as a primary offense, allowing a law enforcement officer to pull over a driver solely for that offense.

Anyone who is found texting while driving will face a $50 fine.

State Representative Dave Hickernell
98th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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