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Published 04/26 2012 01:29PM

Updated 04/27 2012 10:38AM

Additional Information:

  Pennsylvania's new law prohibiting texting while driving went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 8.  It makes texting while driving a primary offense carrying a $50 fine.

The new law specifically does the following:
     Makes it a primary offense to use an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based message.
     Defines an IWCD as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, Smartphone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet.
     Defines a text-based message as a text message, instant message, email or other written communication composed or received on an IWCD.
     Institutes a $50 fine for convictions.
     Makes clear that this law supersedes and preempts any local ordinances restricting the use of interactive wireless devices by drivers.

PennDOT:

   In 2010 handheld phones contributed to more than 1000 crashes and 11 deaths.
  In 2010, there were nearly 14,000 crashes in Pennsylvania where distracted driving played a role, with 68 people dying in those crashes.

For more on PA's Driving Laws, including the new texting law go to
http://www.dot.state.pa.us 

     April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

 PennDOT launched "Just Drive PA," a new initiative aimed at improving safety on Pennsylvania roadways.
http://www.justdrivepa.com
 

Eight in 10 teens say that if a friend told them their driving behavior made their friend feel uncomfortable, they would listen. (Source: Ad Council)