Friday, September 10, 2010

Cell Phone Text Ban -- Action Alert

We want safer streets: Stop texting and driving

Posted on September 9, 2010 by Josh Karns, PA Walks and Bikes

Pennsylvania is closer than ever to making our streets safer by restricting the use of mobile electronic devices while driving. The Pennsylvania House and Senate have been negotiating the specifics of the bill, and House sponsor Eugene DePasquale stated that he is “confident – not 100 percent convinced, but confident – that we’re going to have a strong bill done this fall.”

Some members of the Senate, however, prefer a watered-down version of the bill that would only apply to new drivers and would make it a secondary offense. It is unsafe for any driver to be texting behind the wheel, and the people of Pennsylvania know it.

Let’s send a clear message to the Pennsylvania Senate that we want a strong bill that applies across the board, and let’s make it a primary offense. This will make our roads safer for all users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists.

Write or call your Senator now using our easy online tool.

Find Your Senator HERE.

Or Use these contacts and the Form Letter Below, as I have done.

Senator O'Pake

Senator Mensh

Senator Rafferty

Dear Senators:

Drivers distracted by cell phones are making Pennsylvania's roads a dangerous place for all road users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists. I urge you to support a bill that restricts drivers across the board. Cell phones and text messaging are a distraction to all drivers, regardless of age or experience.

The verdict is in: using a mobile phone while driving reduces reaction time. To ensure enforcement of the restrictions, I urge you to support a bill that makes this a primary offense.
Please act now to improve the safety of Pennsylvania pedestrians, bicyclists, and all road users.

Thank you,

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