Cell Phone Use While Driving in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cell Phone Accident Lawyers in Pittsburgh, PA
At the present time there is no Pennsylvania-wide ban on text-messaging or using cell phones while driving. This may change in the near future. In July 2009, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would ban text-messaging. This bill is called SB 143 and would call for a fine of $100 per violation. A similar bill was approved by the House Transportation Committee in November 2009. The House bill is called HB 2070 and would call for a fine of $50 per violation. The House bill is scheduled for House-wide vote on January 25, 2010.
Several townships and cities in Pennsylvania have passed local bans on cell phone use and or text-messaging while driving. Those counties and cities that have passed such bans include the City of Philadelphia (enforcement began December 1, 2009); the City of Erie (went into effect January 2010); Lower Chichester Township in Delaware County (ordinance enacted August 2009); and Carbondale Township in Lackawanna County (ban went into effect 2007).
Check back frequently to this page for any new developments in the law of Pennsylvania on the use of cellphones and text-messaging while driving.
Regardless of any formal ban on cell phone usage or text-messaging while driving, the law of Pennsylvania requires all drivers to pay adequate attention while driving. If someone ran into you because they were texting or speaking on their cell phone while driving, you may have a legal claim against them to compensate you for your physical injuries.