Pennsylvania Legislature Considers Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

Date: June 15, 2011

The Pennsylvania Legislature is currently reviewing proposed legislation that would ban all cell phone use while driving in Pennsylvania, including talking and texting use of any PDA.  One of the main issues that remains to be determined is whether the ban would be considered a primary offense or a secondary offense.  A primary offense is one in which a police officer could stop a motorist for performing.  A secondary offense is only actionable by a police officer if the driver could be stopped for some other motor vehicle violation such as speeding or an inactive tail light.

As cell phone use has become more prevalent, their use by drivers has been the cause of  more and more accidents due to driver distraction.  If you are in an accident, you should try to determine if the other driver who caused the accident was using a cell phone that distracted his attention at the time of the accident.

If you are injured in an auto accident or a truck accident in Pennsylvania due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you should call the attorneys at Dougherty Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. for a free consultation regarding your rights.  The lawyers at DLP have been representing injured auto accident and truck accident victims for over 25 years in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including victims in Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, Monroe County, Pike County, Wayne County, Wyoming County, Bradford County, Sullivan County, Lycoming County, Susquehanna County, Schuylkill County, Montour County, Columbia County and Tioga County.  DLP has offices in Moosic, PA, Kingston, PA, Hazleton, PA and Honesdale, PA.

John Finnerty
Attorney Finnerty has been representing clients in Northeastern Pennsylvania as an Attorney with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP for over 25 years.