|Posted:||September 6, 2019 02:49 PM|
|From:||Representative Steven R. Malagari|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Increasing Penalties for Texting While Driving|
|As you read this, approximately 800,000 drivers are operating a vehicle while at the same time using a mobile device. These distracted drivers will claim the lives of over 3,000 individuals this year, which, on average, amounts to 9 deaths per day – all because a driver valued a text message or a social media post over safety.
Other states are attacking this offense head on, but, sadly, our state is lagging behind. Many of our neighbors have a tiered system of penalties, but in Pennsylvania, the penalty for texting while driving is a meager $50 fine. I’m introducing legislation to increase this penalty.
Under my bill, an individual found guilty of engaging in text-based communication while driving will be subject to the following:
Join me in cracking down on texting while driving and help to keep our roads safe.
Introduced as HB2132