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Pennsylvania Texting Ban takes effect this Thursdays

TextingSTARTING THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 8th drivers of all ages are prohibited from using their mobile phone or any similar device for the purposes of reading, writing or sending a text message while driving a motor vehicle on the roads in the Commonwealth.

Under the new law, texting while driving is classified as a primary offense, which will allow a police officer to pull over a driver if the officer sees a driver texting. If an individual is reading, selecting or entering a phone number or name for the purpose of making a phone call, that individual would not be violating the texting ban. Language within this law also says that you may pull off to the side of the road, put your vehicle in ‘park’ and use your phone to text.

If an individual is convicted of texting while driving under the new ban, the driver faces a fine of $50 for each infraction. Further, the statewide texting ban will supersede and preempt any and all related local ordinances.

Pennsylvania now joins more than 30 other states that already have a ban on texting while driving. This law is intended to encourage drivers to keep their eyes on the road and reduce distractions.

Remember, this new law takes effect THIS THURSDAY.

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