PRINTER'S NO. 594
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
78
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY K. WARD, SABATINA, FONTANA, BARTOLOTTA, FARNESE,
DINNIMAN, BROWNE, PHILLIPS-HILL, SCHWANK, MENSCH, KILLION,
BAKER, BLAKE, TARTAGLIONE, HUGHES, J. WARD, BREWSTER AND
COSTA, APRIL 9, 2019
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, APRIL 9, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Designating the month of April 2019 as "Distracted Driving
Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Distracted driving is any activity that could divert
a driver's attention away from the primary task of driving; and
WHEREAS, Texting is the most alarming distraction while
driving because it involves manual, visual and cognitive
distraction simultaneously; and
WHEREAS, Distraction latency lasts an average of 27 seconds,
resulting in a driver not being fully engaged in the primary
task of driving even after having put down an interactive
wireless communication device; and
WHEREAS, A recent nationwide survey suggests that more than
60% of drivers reported using their interactive wireless
communication device while driving; and
WHEREAS, Distracted driving is not confined to a single
cause, age group, level of education or driver demographic; and
WHEREAS, In 2017, there were more than 15,600 crashes
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involving a distracted driver in this Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, From 2013 through 2017, there were 317 fatalities in
crashes involving a distracted driver, or an average of 63
fatalities per year, in this Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, Even though this Commonwealth has a primary offense
anti-texting law, which prohibits drivers from sending, reading
or writing a text-based communication via an interactive
wireless communication device while the vehicle is in motion,
additional legislative action and enforcement can help mitigate
and reduce crashes and fatal crashes involving distracted
driving; and
WHEREAS, The best way to end distracted driving is for
drivers to put down their interactive wireless communication
device and educate all residents of this Commonwealth about the
danger distracted driving poses; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate designate the month of April 2019
as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania; and be
it further
RESOLVED, That the Senate urge all drivers in this
Commonwealth to consider the lives of others on the road and
avoid distracted driving.
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