HARRISBURG — The Senate today approved legislation sponsored Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) that would make Pennsylvania roads safer by prohibiting drivers from texting while driving, sending the measure to the Governor for his signature.
Senate Bill 314 would make texting while driving a primary offense, meaning that police can pull over motorists for sending or receiving text messages from a wireless communication device. Drivers who violate the law would face a $50 fine.
“Pennsylvania will join 34 other states in enacting texting-while-driving bans – it’s one of the most important things we can do to prevent needless tragedies,” Tomlinson said. “Texting is one of the most dangerous distracted driving activities that motorists engage in. When you text, you have to take your eyes off the road, you aren’t paying attention, and the consequences can be deadly.”
A recent study by a safe-driving institute found that drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be in an accident.
Once enacted, the texting ban will supersede and pre-empt all local ordinances related to the use of an interactive wireless communication device.