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Further Restrictions On Cell Phone Use While Driving Unlikely

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Any further restrictions on the use of cell phones while driving are unlikely to be considered during the remainder of the Pennsylvania legislature’s two-year session, which ends in a few months.

Pennsylvania lawmakers enacted a ban on texting while driving that took effect in March.

Nonetheless, a leading advocate for distracted driving restrictions has already introduced new legislation that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones by motorists altogether.

But a spokesman for the House majority leader says such legislation will not be a priority in the fall. Ditto says Erik Arneson, spokesman for the Senate majority leader.

“These issues were well debated during the consideration of the law to ban texting. And that was not very many months ago. And at that time, the decision was made not to take this additional step,” Arneson says.

And Arneson believes there’s no appetite to revisit the issue in this session, which ends no later than November 30th.

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