PA Committee to vote on texting ban

    The Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee is set to vote on a bill banning Pennsylvania drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

    The Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee is set to vote on a bill banning Pennsylvania drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

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    House Transportation Committee Chairman Joe Markosek, an Allegheny County Democrat, says he’s worked with leaders from both parties to put together a measure that can easily win passage in the House.

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    18 states already ban texting behind the wheel.

    Markosek tried to explain why Pennsylvania hasn’t passed the law yet, despite bipartisan support for the effort.

    Markosek: I think technology always outpaces legislation. It moves way faster than we can move legislation, and I think that’s part of it. Almost everything we do here is somewhat politically driven. There’s different areas of the state. I think this is our best bet here, where we’ve driven out the politics and a lot of those things that have perhaps stood in our way in the past.

    The new legislation would charge a $50 dollar fine-though the penalty would be doubled if drivers are pulled over in a school zone.

    The bill would also ban teenage drivers from talking on a cell phone.

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