Distracted driving is illegal in many states including Pennsylvania, yet it is still an ongoing issue.
At this time, drivers in Pennsylvania are allowed to talk on a cell phone either by using a handheld or a hands-free device. However, no drivers are allowed to text and drive.
According to PennDOT, Pennsylvania’s Texting-While-Driving Ban, is a law that prohibits drivers from using a cell phone to send, read or write a text message while driving.
This is a law which means law enforcement can pull someone over and ticket them for this offense.
Texting while driving is a summary offense in Pennsylvania. The fine for a violation is $50.
However, if your distracted driving would cause an accident and injure someone, you could be facing much harsher payouts and penalties.
Distracted driving accounts for many car accidents; the number one distraction being texting while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 660,000 drivers use an electronic device behind the wheel each day during daytime hours.
It is important to know that distracted driving includes more than just texting. It includes activities like eating while driving, handling the radio or applying makeup. Anything that takes the attention of the driver away from the road is considered distracted driving.
Although talking on a cell phone may be legal, it is important to use your best judgment. If you feel talking on the phone may impair your driving ability and the safety of others, save the call for later.
It is important we teach safe driving practices to young drivers, and that education can start at home.
Be a good example and avoid all distractions while on the road.
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If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green. Proving your accident was caused by a distracted driver can be complex. Our attorneys will provide you with a free no obligation consultation to evaluate your case. Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.
PennDOT, “Distracted Driving.”