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Pennsylvania Becomes 35th State To Ban Texting While Driving

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett recently signed a new law that prohibits drivers from texting while driving. That law makes Pennsylvania the 35th state to do so.

The law makes it a primary offense to text while driving. That designation allows police officers to pull over drivers seen violating this law for that reason alone. The law takes effect in March 2012. Violators will face a $50 fine, but points will not be assessed to their driver’s license for infractions. The lack of points means that the law should not affect auto insurance rates in the state – good news for anyone struggling to make car payments to a dealership or buy here pay here car lot in PA.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there are only eight states that do not ban texting while driving in some way: Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota are the only states that have not come to their senses. Seven states: Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia have a partial ban on texting while driving, but do not completely prohibit the act.

These laws are needed to combat the number of distracted driving accidents across the nation. In many states, distracted driving related accidents outnumber accidents where alcohol and drugs are involved, combined.