Corbett Signs Texting While Driving Ban Into Law

HARRISBURG, Pa (CBS) – Governor Tom Corbett has signed a bill that will make it illegal to send text messages while driving in Pennsylvania.

Governor Corbett ventured to a cell phone store in suburban Harrisburg to put his signature on a bill that will create a $50 dollar fine for sending text messages, instant messages or e-mails while driving.

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Governor Tom Corbett's signature makes texting while driving a primary offense in Pennsylvania. (credit: KYW's Tony Romeo)

“What the bill does is make texting behind the wheel – whether it’s a cell phone, or an iPad, or a portable computer – a primary offense. That means that the police – the state police, local police – can stop you right then and there. And they will.”

The law takes effect 120 days after Wednesday’s signing, which means you have until March to get into the habit of pulling over to the side of the road to respond to that text message … or waiting till you get to your destination.

For the foreseeable future, there will be no state laws limiting your ability to talk with hand-held cell phones while driving in Pennsylvania; that debate will continue in the legislature.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • edward dye

    I think if they really cared about public safety they would have banned the use of cell phone without handsfree devices. People holding their phone to talk while driving is just as dangerous and irrisponsible. How many people need to die before they realize it.

  • Zzbar

    In NJ I see it every day. People talking and texting on the phone and the state troopers ride by them and keep on going about their business. I hope PA troopers will enforce this texting law to its fullest. It will save lives and generate $$ for PA.

  • Colorless Love

    Thank you so much for this!!!!! I mean it thank you!!!!!!
    Can we now do the same for driving and talking on a hand held phone?

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