Corbett Signs Ban on Texting While Driving

Published 11/10 2011 09:01AM

Updated 05/07 2012 04:35PM

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY - Gov. Tom Corbett made the message official.

He signed legislation Wednesday that bans texting while driving on Pennsylvania roads.

The new law, which goes into effect in 120 days, will make it a primary offense carrying a $50 fine.

Drivers are specifically prohibited from using a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, e-mailing or browsing the Internet.

The law defines a text-based message as a text message, instant message, e-mail or other written communication composed or received on an wireless device.

In 2010, there were almost 14,000 crashes in Pennsylvania where distracted driving played a role. Nearly 1,100 of those crashes involved a handheld cellular phone.

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