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Pickett Votes to Send Texting Ban Back to Senate
10/31/2011
HARRISBURG – Legislation that seeks to protect everyone who travels on the state’s roads and highways by banning texting while driving has passed the state House, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna).

“Reading or writing text messages while driving is a dangerous activity that is completely preventable,” said Pickett, who voted in favor of the texting while driving ban. “The few seconds that a driver takes his or her eyes off the road to read, write or send a text can mean the difference between life and death. It’s time that state law reflects these current trends in technology.”

A study by Virginia Tech Driving Institute revealed that those who resort to texting while driving are 23 times more likely to meet with an accident.

Under Senate Bill 314, drivers of all ages are prohibited from using interactive wireless communication devices for the purposes of reading, writing or sending a text message while driving a motor vehicle.

Because texting while driving would be considered a primary offense, a police officer can pull a driver over if the officer sees a driver texting. Once enacted, the texting ban will supersede and preempt any and all local ordinances related to the use of an interactive wireless communication device.

An individual who reads, selects or enters a phone number or name in an interactive wireless communications device for the purpose of making a phone call will not be in violation of the texting ban.

“The clear majority of Pennsylvanians have asked for this law, and I am pleased to see it finally making its way closer to the governor’s desk,” Pickett said.

Once approved by the Senate and signed by the governor, Pennsylvania will join more than 30 other states that already have a texting while driving ban.


State Representative Tina Pickett
110th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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