Starting Thursday, drivers in Pennsylvania will no longer be allowed to text, instant message or email while behind the wheel. Drivers will have to find something else to distract themselves with once the state’s anti-texting law takes effect and becomes a primary offense.
The law applies to all Interactive Wireless Communication Devices and anyone using them to send or receive read-and-write communications while driving.
“Our troopers will attempt to use observations of the driver while the vehicle is in motion to determine if traffic stops are warranted,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a news release. “An example might be the motorist continues to manipulate the device over an extended distance with no apparent voice communication.”
Violators will be subject to $50 fines.
NewsWorks/WHYY’s Emma Jacobs will have a story for us later on how other states have been handling their own anti-texting bans.