HARRISBURG, March 6, 2012 – State Sen. John N. Wozniak today reminded drivers that Pennsylvania’s ban on texting while driving goes into effect Thursday. Senate Bill 314 passed the Senate and was signed by Gov. Corbett in November, with the provision that it take effect in 120 days.
“In a perfect world, drivers would discipline themselves and limit the distractions they face,” he said. “But statistics have shown that drivers who are texting have become a hazard and some enforcement is necessary.”
A study by Virginia Tech Driving Institute revealed that those who resort to texting while driving are 23 times more likely to meet with a vehicle crash. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction, and an estimated 448,000 were injured.
Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from using their phone or any similar device for the purposes of reading, writing or sending a text message while driving a motor vehicle. The ban applies to using apps on a cell phone including email social media, but does not apply to entering a telephone number or talking on a cell phone , according to piwatapple driving on phone leads to death more than other accidents on the road.
Texting while driving is considered a primary offense, meaning a police officer can pull a driver over if the officer sees a driver texting.