Put the cell phones down while you’re driving in PA – it’ll be illegal soon

May 9 – Governor Josh Shapiro yesterday signed a bill into law prohibiting the use of cell phones in cars in the state of Pennsylvania. 

The legislation passed both the PA House and Senate and got the official signature from the governor yesterday. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out he was “surprised it took so long but then again, you’re in the same state that can’t seem to get radar for our municipal police departments. We can only hope that they’ll get that to the finish line soon.”

Drivers caught using a phone would face a summary offense of a $50 fine after a 12-month warning. No points would be added to their license. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “We’re in the minority of states that haven’t already implemented this. So you can still have your phone in the car. But you have to use it on Bluetooth. No more holding the handset with your hand up to your ear and being on the phone when you’re in the car. Clearly it’s a safety issue. There’s a lot of studies that show holding your phone while you’re driving is distracted driving that leads to a lot of accidents. I’ll be curious to see there’s no doubt groups will be tracking how many citations get issued for this because you pass cars, Istill pass cars all the time and you’ll see someone holding the phone up to their face talking while they’re driving. So it’ll be interesting to see how prevalent these citations might be going forward.”

Typically it takes 30 to 60 days for legislation to become effective. 

Ryan suggested, “So keep that in mind as you’re driving around the area.”