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Kauffman Applauds House Passage of Texting While Driving Ban
11/1/2011
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) this week voted in support of legislation to improve the safety of Pennsylvania roadways by banning all drivers from texting while driving.

Senate Bill 314 would prohibit drivers from sending, reading or writing a text message from a wireless communication device while an automobile is in motion. Anyone who is found texting while driving will face a $50 fine.

“If this legislation would be signed into law, Pennsylvania would join 32 other states that have already enacting texting while driving bans,” said Kauffman. “Texting while driving is a dangerous activity, and countless reports are citing the inattention of drivers due to texting as the cause for an increasing number of motor vehicle crashes. Although smart phones and other technology have become commonplace conveniences, they can also be fatal distractions when behind the wheel. That’s why I was proud to join my colleagues in passing this legislation out of the House.”

Kauffman said the House recently passed another important driver safety bill, House Bill 9, which is now law. It updates Pennsylvania’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) law for young drivers. “Lacey’s Law” increases the amount of behind-the-wheel training a teen must complete before earning a license, limits the number of passengers for young drivers, and makes the failure to properly buckle up a primary offense.

Senate Bill 314 now heads back to the Senate for approval.


State Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
RepKauffman.com
Contact: Tricia Lehman 
tlehman@pahousegop.com
717.772.9840
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