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Pennsylvania governor signs texting ban into law

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November 15, 2011

By Lauren Rodgers


HARRISBURG, PA: Next time you're running late to a meeting in Pennsylvania, you might want to think twice about texting to let someone know. Earlier this week, Pennsylvania joined 34 states, the District of Columbia and Guam in prohibiting the practice of sending a text message while operating a motor vehicle.

Senate Bill 314, signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett earlier this week, will take effect in March of 2012. Like similar laws across the country, SB314 is lauded as a great effort to save lives. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised Corbett for work: "By signing this tough texting ban into law, Gov. Corbett has taken a critical step toward creating safer roads for everyone in Pennsylvania."[1] The message Corbett hopes will resonate with Keystone state drivers: "Drive now and text later."


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