HARRISBURG PA – Driving while using a cell phone or other hand-held device could be prohibited in Pennsylvania, possibly sometime later this year, The Pennsylvania Independent online news service reported Thursday. It said House Appropriations Minority Chairman Rep. Joseph Markosek and Allegheny County Democrat, plans to introduce a proposed ban in the fall.
The new prohibition would be introduced to help police enforce and existing ban on texting while driving, Barry Ciccocioppo, Markosek’s communications director, said. The bill has not yet been circulated for co-sponsorship, but does have support within the Democratic caucus, Ciccocioppo added.
Drivers caught using phones would be fined $50, or $100 if driving in a school zone, work zone or highway safety corridor, said Ciccocioppo, according to current draft legislation. Exceptions to the ban would include drivers using a GPS device.
- Read a story by reporter Melissa Daniels, titled “Lawmakers to consider phone ban for drivers” and published Thursday by The Independent, here.