Texting while driving now illegal in Pennsylvania

If you drive in the state, it is now illegal to text on your cell phone while driving. Officers who see drivers texting can stop them and write a ticket for that offense. Texting while driving carries a $50 fine. Points can also be added to the license of the person driving.

Talking on a cell phone is not against the law though. People can still talk while they are driving because a law has not been passed in the state yet. However, some cities in the state have banned the use of cell phones by drivers.

For your information:


Anything that causes you to either take your attention away from driving, take your eyes off of the road or take your hands off of the wheel is a distraction.


The law prohibits as a primary offense any driver from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.


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 communication as a text message, instant message, email or other written communication composed or received on an IWCD.

Institutes a $50 fine for convictions under this section.

Makes clear that this law supersedes…

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