Hands-free legislation passes PA house

Posted 1/23/20

HARRISBURG, PA — After many months of deliberation, Rep. Rosemary Brown announced on January 15 that her hands-free cell phone legislation, House Bill 37, was passed by the House with a vote of …

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Hands-free legislation passes PA house

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HARRISBURG, PA — After many months of deliberation, Rep. Rosemary Brown announced on January 15 that her hands-free cell phone legislation, House Bill 37, was passed by the House with a vote of (120-74).

“Although I am pleased that this legislation was passed by the House, I want to also express my disappointment that this bill was amended to classify adult violations of this potential law as a secondary offense,” said Brown. “I value any and all input that my colleagues bring forward during legislative debate, however, while they were voting with good intentions, making a violation of my legislation a secondary offense weakens the bill itself. The goal of House Bill 37 is to ensure that those driving on the road do not continue to put their phones ahead of their own and other drivers’ lives.”

Adults 18 years or older may not use their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on a highway or trafficway. An adult is still able to use their cell phone through Bluetooth or as a GPS, if they don’t grasp or support the phone with any part of their body. In addition, an adult would not be able to use their phone to write, send or read any text-based communications, record or broadcast a video or picture, and/or watch a video or movie on a cell phone while driving.

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