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Pennsylvania texting and driving law tough to draw a bead on

Driving a car takes concentration and attention on behalf of the driver. In today's busy society Pennsylvania drivers can easily be distracted by a number of things, including texting while driving. A distracted driver might then become a negligent driver.

Negligent drivers often cause car accidents, which can lead to serious injuries for people in other cars. These negligent drivers should be held responsible for their actions when they cause injury or property damage to others.

In an effort to reduce the number of distracted and negligent drivers on Pennsylvania roadways, Pennsylvania has recently banned texting while driving. This law makes it illegal to read, write or send text messages while driving a vehicle. However, drivers can still read, write and send texts while the car is not moving, and they can continue to dial phone numbers while driving.

This new law gives police the ability to pull a distracted driver over if they are caught texting while driving. Police have issued 31 tickets across the state of Pennsylvania since the law went into effect. However, police officers say that this new law is very difficult to enforce.

According to police, it is difficult to determine if a driver is texting, which is not allowed, or if the driver is just dialing a phone number, which is permissible. It is also easy for drivers to hide the fact that they are texting, which can make it more difficult for officers to detect wrongdoing.

While this law is a step in the right direction in preventing distracted driving, negligent drivers still can be found on Pennsylvania's roadways. These drivers pose a threat to everyone on the road.

Source: York Daily Record, "Texting while driving law tough to enforce," Teresa Ann Boeckel, April 21, 2012

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