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An Unintended Side Effect of the New PA Ban on Texting and Driving

Headlines across the state have announced that the arrival of a distracted driving law that placed a statewide ban on texting and driving in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Many of the news stories point to the benefits of banning texting and driving and are hopeful that the ban will result in fewer tragedies on our roads.

Our attorneys for personal injury victims share that hope, but we also have some concerns. We are concerned that the law has had some unintended consequences such as nullifying the ban on handheld cell phones in cities like Harrisburg and Philadelphia. As the statewide distracted driving law went into place, the city ordinances banning handheld cell phones became obsolete because they were superseded by state law. It is once again legal to use a handheld cell phone and drive in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and other cities and townships that had their own ordinances.

What do you think about this side effect? Should the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania consider a statewide ban on handheld cell phones? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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