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New Driving Law Goes Into Effect in Bensalem

Last Friday a new ordinance went into effect in Bensalem.   The ordinance, which went into effect on Friday February 4, 2011, prohibits hand held cell phone use.  Drivers face potential fines of $150 – $300 for violating the ordinance.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, distracted driving is responsible for thousands of accidents every year and many injuries and fatalities.    More than half of the states currently have statewide laws prohibited texting while driving, cell phone use while driving, or both.  Pennsylvania does not have such a law.

Several municipalities have enacted local ordinances.  In addition to Bensalem, bans are currently in place in Allentown, Philadelphia, Erie and Harrisburg.  There is some concern that these laws may be challenged and found to be preempted by the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.

Do you think Pennsylvania has done enough to prevent distracted driving accidents?  Leave us a comment and let us know.