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Pennsylvania’s anti-texting law, effective March 8, 2012, encourages motorists to put their full focus on driving. The law can be found under the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code section 3316- Prohibiting text-based communications.
What the Law Does
The penalty is a summary offense with a $50 fine, plus court costs and other fees.
The violation carries no points as a penalty and will not be recorded on the driver record for non-commercial drivers. It will be recorded on commercial drivers’ records as a non-sanction violation.
The texting ban does NOT include the use of a GPS device, a system or device that is physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle, or a communications device that is affixed to a mass transit vehicle, bus or school bus. The law does not authorize the seizure of an IWCD.