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Update on PA Motor Vehicle Laws: Cell Phone Use While Driving

Pennsylvania's Texting While Driving Ban went into effect on Thursday, March 8, 2012. The new law bans texting while driving. The new law prohibits the reading or sending of text messages and emails while driving. However, drivers are still permitted to talk on their handheld phones. This stateside law supersedes local ordinances that may ban the use of handheld phones while driving. In terms of the banned practices of texting and using email while driving, the law makes such practices a primary offense, meaning a police officer may pull a driver over for engaging in these acts alone.Under the law, the offending party may be fined $50 but will not incur any points against their license.

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