Texting while driving in Pennsylvania is against the law. Drivers caught sending (or reading) messages while behind the wheel are subject to a $50 fine. Subsequent violations will result in higher fines. The impetus behind the law was to make roads safer, as distracted driving accidents (crashes where one or both drivers were focused on a mobile device) have become so severe that they spawned a national campaign against texting while driving.
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.
Texting and driving has left many individuals injured throughout the country but remains legal in several states to this day. While it is often connected with the tech-savvy, teenage generation, it is certainly not limited to them. Many adults are guilty of distracted driving caused by their desire to send a text back as soon as possible. This practice, however, can be deadly.
A new law is changing the requirements that Pennsylvania teenagers who are under 18 need to fulfill in order to receive their junior driver's licenses. With road safety as the main concern, many state politicians are hoping to minimize the chances of a car accident for new drivers.