Pa. texting ban overrides Philadelphia’s hands-free driving law

    Back in 2009 when Philadelphia enacted its law to prohibit the use of cell phones while driving, part of the implementation was the condition that the law could be in place only if the state didn’t have its own cell phone ban for drivers.

    It didn’t then, but it’s about to. With Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett getting ready to sign the state bill that bans texting while driving, the city’s law will go out the window.

    Under the new legislation, driving while texting will be a primary offense. Driving while talking won’t be an offense at all. As Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman Mark McDonald explained to Philly Weekly, the city considers this a problem safety- and revenue-wise. The local law won’t be repealed, but will no longer be enforced once the state law takes effect.

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