No Texting While Driving

Published 03/05 2012 10:31PM

Updated 05/07 2012 02:15PM

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - A new law makes it illegal to text and drive.

On Thursday if you're caught texting behind the wheel, it will cost you $50. And unlike not wearing your seatbelt police can pull you over for texting even if you haven't done anything else.

Sue Khalouf has four children. Two of them are driving and two will be soon. She won't let her children have a phone in their hand or their laps. And she's glad to see the law making texting while driving a primary offense takes effect this Thursday.

In 2010 there were 14,000 crashes in Pennsylvania involving distracted drivers, and 68 of them were fatal. In Blair, Cambria, Somerset, Huntingdon, Bedford and Fulton counties there were 470 crashes and four people were killed.

Logan Township Police Chief Ron Heller says police are trained to watch for signs of people texting. He says it is like watching for expired plates or registration.

According to PennDOT, the average text takes about four seconds to type. And if you're going 55 miles and hour you can drive the length of a football field while looking at your phone. And Sue Khalouf really believes this law will save lives.

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