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Texting and driving is now illegal in Pennsylvania

A new law passed in Pennsylvania to ban texting while driving is beginning to take effect. Advocates for the anti-texting statute are hoping that it will help diminish the number of accidents caused by distracted driving that occur each year. In 2010, approximately 14,000 car accidents in Pennsylvania were attributed to distracted driving; 68 people died in those crashes.

According to police and other supporters of the law, the new statute will likely lower those numbers. Groups are admitting that the ban on texting will be hard to enforce due to the possibility that drivers may be dialing a phone number or programming a GPS device.

The new law makes texting and driving a primary offense. That means that individuals can be stopped solely for this infraction. Drivers caught texting will be ticketed.

A recent crash shows the complications that can arise because of distracted driving. A motorist was changing the station on the radio when his or her vehicle rear-ended another that was stopped at a traffic signal. An officer responded to the scene and cited the individual for careless driving, which is not as severe as the new texting-and-driving ban.

The Lower Providence chief of police said that officers will use the prominent glow that comes from the screen of electronic devices to nab offenders at night. During the day, officers will be looking for erratic driving and other signs of a distracted driver.

A captain from the Norristown Police Department said that his officers will continue their previous patrols but with a more watchful eye for those who choose to text and drive. It shouldn't take a law to educate people of the dangers of texting while driving, but it's a step in the right direction.

Source: Montgomery Media, "Law putting brakes on texting while driving takes effect," Carl Rotenberg, Mar. 9, 2012

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