Pennsylvania enacted a law that went into effect last year that bans all text-based communication while driving, including text messaging, instant messages and e-mails. The purpose of the law is obvious and there is no doubt it enhances safety. However, it is difficult to enforce. Someone charged may argue that he was simply looking at his contacts or some other application on his phone. Additionally, the fine for violating the law is only $50 and no points are assessed against a violator’s license. Thus, it is questionable as to (1) whether the police are doing enough to enforce the law, and (2) whether the law as written provides the police with enough power to enforce it. It is also questionable as to whether the penalty is stiff enough to act as a deterrent to most people. All that being said, the law as written is better than no law. As distracted drivers continue to cause motor vehicle accidents, the Pennsylvania Legislature and Pennsylvania police departments need to get together to discuss amendments to the current law that could further enhance safety on Pennsylvania roadways.
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