The fight against texting while driving hits a new plateau in Pennsylvania as a law signed by Governor Corbett in November of 2011 finally takes effect, Thursday, March 8. This makes Pennsylvania among the 35 states which ban texting messaging among all drivers, as reported by the Governors Highway Safety Administration.
The law, which places a ban on texting, emailing, or browsing the internet while driving, does not restrict drivers from talking on their cell phones. Regardless, a $50 fine per offense may prove effective in reducing the many accidents and fatalities attributed to distracted driving in the Pennsylvania.
This law is important for all drivers, but especially for teenagers who do not fully understand the dangers that cell phone use can incur on drivers and passengers on the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, reports that 2009 saw 3,000 teenagers die from injuries resulting from automobile accidents. Two of the leading causes for teenage car accidents are drinking and distracted driving.
Though some officials are concerned that it may difficult to police this law, the mandate was necessary in light of sobering statistics. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for example, reported that the year 2010 saw just under four thousand traffic fatalities related to distracted driving. Distracted driving is on ongoing threat to driver and passenger safety, and should be met head-on.
For more information on texting while driving, and how to help prevent it, see some of the other articles on our website and blog site. Also, read about Stuart A. Carpey’s organization Teens Against Distracted Driving, which aims to spread awareness on the dangers of cell phone use at the wheel.
If you know of any group, community organization, or school which you feel could benefit from a presentation on the subject of distracted driving, please contact Mr. Carpey. He speaks on the subject free of charge. His presentations are compelling and important for teens as well as for adults.