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GHSA News Release

November 9, 2011

Contact: Jonathan Adkins
(202)789-0942, ext. 13
(202)669-9746 (cell)

Pennsylvania Says No to Texting While Driving

Keystone State is 35th to Enact Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a bill that bans drivers from sending or receiving text messages in Pennsylvania, bringing the total number of states with a texting while driving ban to 35. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) congratulates the Governor, State legislature, and GHSA member the Pennsylvania DOT’s Bureau of Highway Safety & Traffic Engineering for passing this lifesaving measure.

The new law makes texting behind the wheel a primary offense, meaning that police can pull over motorists for that violation alone. The ban takes effect 120 days from today, and the fine is set at $50.

To help drivers make safe choices while driving, GHSA has developed 10 Tips for Managing Driver Distractions.

For a full list of state laws regulating texting and cell phone use while driving, visit:

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit