Pa. Senate approved texting while driving ban

    With a 45-5 vote today from the Pennsylvania Senate, the state is one step closer to passing a ban on texting while driving. Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign the bill the Senate and the House have now both approved, the Associated Press reports.

    The legisltion makes texting while driving a primary offense, but talking on the phone without a hands-free device will still be legal. Violators would have to pay a $50 fine, but authorities could not seize the device.

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