HARRISBURG PA – Talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving? Ban it, results from a poll of Pennsylvania voters indicated Thursday (March 26, 2009).
And regarding text messaging while driving: R U NUTZ?, poll respondents said.
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The survey, conducted by Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute, showed 85 percent of Pennsylvania voters – including a majority of cell phone owners – support a state Legislature proposal to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
The bill, introduced during February, would ban the use of hand-held cell phones on all public roads in the state, with exceptions for law enforcement officers, mass transit drivers and emergency vehicle operators on duty. Violators would incur a $50 fine, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.
An even larger margin, 89 percent, of those polled favor a ban on text messaging while driving. About half said banning hand-held cell phones while driving would make the state’s roads and highways “a great deal safer.”
The university surveyed 1,056 Pennsylvania voters between March 19 and March 23 (2009).