Argall Supports Motor Vehicle “Texting” Ban

Legislation Would Prohibit the Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Writing, Sending or Reading Text Messages

HARRISBURG – The effort to discourage Pennsylvania motorists from using mobile devices in moving cars took another step forward today, according to State Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

Argall voted in support of Senate Bill 143, legislation prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while writing, sending or reading electronic text messages.

“The goal of this legislation is to save lives,” Argall said. “Text messaging and driving are two components that should not mix behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.”

Senate Bill 143 defines an “electronic wireless communications device” as a handheld electronic device that permits the user to send or receive electronic communications. A motor vehicle must be in motion for the prohibition to apply. This legislation would also exempt emergency service personnel who operate an emergency vehicle.

If passed by the House of Representatives and signed by the Governor, Pennsylvania will become the 15th state to enact a text messaging ban. Eight states have enacted such bans since 2009.

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