Only six months after Pennsylvania's texting ban went into effect, a state lawmaker is advocating for a new law that goes one step further. In the fall, Representative Joseph Markosek of Allegheny County will introduce a bill to ban cell phone use for drivers.
If it becomes law, drivers caught using their cell phones will be fined $50. If they are caught in a school zone, work zone, or highway safety corridor the fine will be doubled. However, motorists would still be allowed to use their hands-free devices to make and receive calls while driving. The ban would also allow the use of GPS devices.
Currently, 10 other states have laws prohibiting the use of cell phones while operating a vehicle. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates that 58 people were killed last year due to distracted driving.