Pennsylvania’s new anti-texting while driving law effective 12:01 a.m. today, prohibiting any text-based communication while driving. The law makes texting while driving a primary offense that carries a $50 fine, plus costs, totaling about $135.50.
- The law prohibits as a primary offense any driver from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.
- Defines an IWCD as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet.
- Defines a text-based communication as a text message, instant message, email or other written communication composed or received on an IWCD.
The Department of Transportation stated that in 2010 there were nearly 14,000 crashes in the state where distracted driving played a role, with 68 fatalities.