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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania General Assembly House of Representatives will be taking a final vote on a bill that would ban the use of handheld cellular phones and other wireless devices while operating a motor vehicle.  The bill amends a proposed statute that would prohibit drivers from sending text messages while driving.  The proposed statute would add a new section to the motor vehicle code.  Under the proposed 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3316 statute, drivers would be prohibited from using any “interactive wireless device” while operating a motor vehicle.  An interactive wireless device is defined as “[a] wireless telephone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer, or similar device which can be used for texting, e-mailing, browsing the Internet or instant messaging, but does not include a device being used exclusively as a global positioning or navigation system, or a system or device that is physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle.”  The statute would permit a driver to use a hands-free device and to use the wireless device as a navigation system.  Anyone convicted of violating the statute would be subject to a $50 fine.

For more information, go to:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10025/1031007-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2009&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=2070&pn=3134

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