Law enforcement across the country have taken steps to crack down on texting and driving. It is one of the leading causes of car accidents and fatalities among drivers, and these numbers are only increasing. Pennsylvania has enacted the Anti-Texting Law in hopes of reducing these numbers and keeping drivers safe.
Under this law, drivers are not permitted to use any form of mobile device while they are operating a motor vehicle. Pennsylvania defines mobile devices as Interactive Wireless Communication Devices, or IWCD. If you are caught using one by law enforcement while driving, you will face a $50 fine. It is important to be aware that law enforcement is not permitted to seize your IWCD unless they have a search warrant.
Luckily, if you violate this law, you will not be subject to any points on your driver’s license. When a person gets points added to their driver’s license, they usually face increased insurance premiums each month, which can quickly add up. Additionally, there will not be any record of this violation on your driver’s license, unless you are the driver of a commercial vehicle.
If you have any questions regarding the penalties you face if you are caught texting while operating a motor vehicle, you should consult with an experienced attorney. Though many people feel the need to check their phones almost constantly, it is always best to wait until you are no longer driving to send a text, check your email or make a phone call. Waiting just a few minutes to use your mobile device can help save not only your life but the lives of others around you.
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