FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Bill Kortz
Kortz: Texting while driving ban effective Thursday
HARRISBURG, March 6 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is reminding drivers that a new state law banning texting while driving takes effect Thursday.
The new law supersedes all local ordinances, such as those in place in Harrisburg, Allentown and Philadelphia, which ban all use of hand-held devices while driving.
"Distracted driving is a serious problem around the country, and I'm happy to see this law finally take effect to help reduce distracted driving on our roadways," Kortz said.
The new law makes it a primary offense, allowing police to pull over and cite a driver for texting. Violators face a $50 fine. No points will be added to an offender's record.
"No text message is worth a life," Kortz said. "I urge all drivers to uphold this law and make our roadways a safer place to be."