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The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a law prohibiting drivers from sending text messages or otherwise composing written messages (email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) while driving.  The prohibition does not include devices used “exclusively” for the purpose of navigation or the act of dialing a phone number while driving.   Drivers caught texting while driving will face a $50 fine.

While earlier drafts of the law made the violation a secondary offense, the law as passed makes texting while driving a primary offense.  In other words, police officers can pull drivers over “just” for texting while driving.  No other motor vehicle code violation is required to justify the stop.  The law now goes to Governor Tom Corbett for final approval.  If approved, the law will take effect in 120 days.

 

For more information, go to:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11306/1186784-454.stm

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0314&pn=1724

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