Pa. cell phone and texting news

After a year that Pennsylvania’s  Driving and Texting laws were legislated, State Police reported that more than ten- thousand citations have been issued. Texting Law of Pa. became effective last March 8, 2012; however, police opined the difficulty of enforcing the law as drivers are permitted to enter phone numbers into their mobiles.

Now that Pennsylvania has ban texting on mobile, at least there are also two bills that seek to ban the use of cell phone. Another would allow cities in Pa. to legislate their own cell phone laws.

A bill has been refiled by State Rep. Joseph Markosek banning handheld mobile phones for all drivers. He also proposed a ban on the use of any wireless communication device by novice drivers.

Current prohibition prohibits all drivers from text messaging while driving; those caught violating the law is fine $50. But there are no statewide limits on cell phone use and some states are allowed to propose local ordinances affecting cell phones and driving.

During its first year of effectivity, Philadelphia-area police were able to issue more than 245 citations to motorists violating the state’s texting & driving law. That makes up almost a quarter of operators given distracted driving tickets statewide in the first year up until March 8, 2013.

The legislation on distracted driving for 2013-2014 includes: House Bill no. 693 that prohibits using all wireless communications handheld devices, including cell phones while driving in the state. Only hands-free, GPS and entry of phone numbers are allowed. Novice drivers are prohibited from using any kind of handheld devices. There will be a fine of $50 for each violation which will be doubled if it happened in school zones. It also stressed the importance of driver’s education. This bill submitted by Markosek.

Legislation includes House Bill 109 which is a general distracted driving bill and a rerun of last session’s HB 896. It adds an offense of distracted driving for drivers convicted of careless driving when caught using electronic communications devices. There will be an add penalty of $50. Considered distracted behavior are reading, grooming, using a radio, CB radio or cell phone. The bill was filed by Rep Chris Ross.

House Bill no. 363 gives any municipality the power to legislate cell phone bans for drivers. It could remove any provisions of texting law the currently prohibits the ordinances. The bill was proposed by Rep Anthony M. DeLuca.

Senate Bill no. 415 by Senator Jim Ferlo prohibits all drivers from using any communications devices that are handheld, including mobiles. Fine is still pegged at $50.

By the 5th of September, State Rep. Joseph Markosek will again present a ban on all state drivers’ use of handheld cell phone which is just the same cell phone bill as Markosek’s HB 580 of 2011 and similar to his HB 2070 of 2010. Markosek said he is aware of the repetition but he stated that this is the only way to make it stick.

The good state representative mentioned that around 58 people were killed on Pennsylvania roads last year due to more than 14,000 distracted driver crashes. Peoples’ hands must be on the wheels and they should keep their eyes focused on the road not on any kind of handheld devices.

Our Articles

What Should You Do If You Get Stopped Speeding
STAY CALM AND KEEP A LOW PROFILE People will often try to talk their way out of speeding tickets. Don’t do this! If you’ve been stopped you need to realize that you are in the middle of a legal situation that requires careful consideration of your actions. Don’t dig yourself a deeper hole.&nbs...
Read More
Beating Red Light Camera with Spray Could Be Illegal
Motorists are caught running the light by means of the red light cameras. Some motorists might wish that there was a way to delete the image or a way to erase the photo of the car from the camera eye. Consumer Alert discovered a photo blocker spray that can counteract the camera -- but is […]...
Read More
A study on the use of red decals for teen drivers reduced road crashes
Last Monday, a very revealing result of a 3½-year study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that showed when other factors are taken into account, the N. J. law requiring new drivers under 21 years old to use the red decals greatly reduced road crashes among this age group ...
Read More
Bill to reform Philadelphia Traffic Court
March 18, 2013 Due to the many charges of misconduct recently thrown against the judicial body, D-181State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas introduced a bill that would reform the Traffic Court of Philadelphia. With the recent scandal splashed against the embattled court worsened by the indictment of nine form...
Read More

Contact Our Traffic Lawyers

133 Heather Road,
Suite 205,
Bala Cynwyd
PA 19004
envelope linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram