The new Pa Texting while driving law has been in force for over a month now. Many people have commented to me that it is not enforceable. However, I think the law is a step in the right direction. I think the law should be strengthened to include a total ban on using hand help phones for any purpose.
Hopefully, having the law may persuade some people not to text and drive. It is sad that we need to legislate common sense, but sometimes we need laws to protect us from ourselves.
I think most people are so accustomed to texting that they just don’t even give it a thought when they text and drive. I ask that you take a moment and just consider some of the consequences of texting and driving:
- You get a $50 ticket
- Someone honks their horn because the light has turned green and you are still texting
- You cause a serious injury while texting and get sued
- You cause serious injury or death and are convicted of reckless driving and get jail time
- You are injured or killed and leave your family without a parent or grandparent
Make the right decision not to use a hand held cell phone while driving. Take a moment to pull over to answer the phone or text. Think of the example you are setting for your children and grandchildren when you use a cell phone while driving.
I would like to ask you a favor. Share with us your experiences. Let me know what happened to you when someone else was texting or used a hand held cell phone while driving near you. Let me know what you do. Do you text? If so, why do you do it? Did you ever witness an accident or near accident because someone was using a hand held cell phone.
Share your comments below. Maybe your comment will be just what someone needs to hear to stop texting while driving.
At Spencer Insurance we are committed to helping people (especially teens) become safe drivers. Check out our website for tips on how to make your teen a safe driver. Check out our online module on distracting driving. This interactive module illustrates many of the distraction we all deal with everyday, not just cell phone use. We are pleased to provide these to you because at Spencer Insurance, “Your Protection and Peace of Mind is our only Business!”