Five seconds. That's how long a driver takes their eyes of the road each time they look down to send or receive a text message. It is those five seconds that contribute to thousands of distracted driving deaths and injuries each and every year.
This week, Pennsylvania joins a group of 35 states that currently ban texting while driving. The new law, which was passed in November, goes into effect this Thursday, March 8 and is aimed at reducing the number of distracted driving car accidents.
The following is a list of what PA drivers need to know about the new law: