Whatever causes you to either take your attention away from driving, take your vision off of the road or take your hands from the wheel can be a distraction.
Pennsylvania’s Texting-While-Driving Ban
The law prohibits as a primary offense any driver from utilizing 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, smartphone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the world wide web.
Defines a text-based communication as a text, instant message, email or other written communication composed or received upon an IWCD.
Institutes a $50 acceptable for convictions under this section.
Makes clear that this law supersedes and preempts any local ordinances restricting the usage of interactive wireless devices by drivers.
The penalty can be a summary offense with a $50 fine, plus court costs and also other fees.
The violation carries no points as a penalty and will not be recorded about the driver record for non-commercial drivers. It will be recorded on commercial drivers’ records like a non-sanction violation.
The texting ban fails to include utilizing a GPS device, a system or device that may be physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle, or perhaps a communications device that is affixed to a mass transit vehicle, bus or school bus. The law is not going to authorize the seizure of an IWCD.
You will not be able to react as quickly if you are:
drinking, Eating and smoking. These all create safety problems simply because they often require you to take both your hands off of the wheel and take your eyes from the road. Drivers who eat or drink while driving have trouble controlling their vehicle, remaining in their lane and have to brake more frequently.
Adjusting the radio, cassette or CD player.
Talking, texting or emailing on the cell phone or Blackberry.
Getting together with other passengers. This is particularly a problem from novice or teenage drivers. If you are a teen driver with other teens as passengers, statistics explain to you are more likely to have a crash than if you are driving alone or are driving with adult passengers.
Searching for or moving a physical object in the vehicle.
Reading or writing.
Personal grooming (combing hair, applying makeup).
Rubbernecking when passing a crash scene or a work zone.
Considering people, objects or events happening off of the roadway.