The ball appears to be in the state house’s court now that the senate has approved legislation that would address junior driver and distracted driver issues.
“Let’s ban text messaging – let’s make it a primary offense,” Allegheny county Democrat Jim Ferlo said.
Twenty-eight-year-old Toni Bolis and her unborn child were killed in a tragic accident Wednesday in Washington Township, New Jersey.
Once again, state lawmakers are tackling the issue of distracted driving and once again, it seems members of the Senate are not willing to go as far as their colleagues in the House when it comes to penalizing such behavior.
The state House Tuesday approved bills dealing with junior drivers and distracted drivers. The junior driver bill passed by the House contains provisions that make it a primary offense for drivers and passengers under age 18 not to wear a seat belt and puts limits on the number of minor passengers in a car driven by a junior driver.
Criminal charges have been unsealed against the driver of a doubledecker Megabus that rammed a bridge in New York state last September, killing four people.
Pennsylvania lawmakers have bickered for years over distracted driving legislation. Now, police profiling has emerged as an issue in the ongoing debate.
A recent study shows that bans on texting and hand-held cell phone use while driving don’t reduce the risk of crashes, because many people just ignore the law.
The US Secretary of Transportation has declared a distracted driving epidemic on American roads.
Following his daughter’s death, a Springfield, New Jersey man has produced a public service announcement to warn about the dangers of distracted driving.
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