If you use a cell phone or other hand-held device while you drive, you soon may be breaking the law in Pennsylvania.
House Appropriations Minority Chairman Representative Democrat Joeseph Markosek of Allegheny County announced last week that he plans to introduce the proposed ban in the fall.
Markosek’s communications director, said the ban is being introduced to help police enforce the current ban on texting while driving. He says that right now a driver can have a phone in their hand and say they weren’t texting, just dialing.
The bill has not yet been circulated for co-sponsorship, but does have support within the Democratic caucus.
Drivers caught using phones would be fined $50, or $100 if driving in a school zone, work zone or highway safety corridor.
Exceptions to the ban would include drivers using a GPS device.