Distracted Driving Enforcement

Pennsylvania Law prohibits, as a primary offense, any driver from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.

  • Defines an IWCD as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smartphone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet.
  • Defines a text-based communication as a text message, instant message, email or other written communication composed or received on an IWCD.
  • Institutes a $50 fine for convictions under this section.
  • Makes clear that this law supersedes and preempts any local ordinances restricting the use of interactive wireless devices by drivers.

The penalty is a summary offense with a $50 fine, plus court costs and other fees.  The violation carries no points as a penalty and will not be recorded on the driver record for non-commercial drivers. It will be recorded on commercial drivers' records as a non-sanction violation.

The texting ban does NOT include the use of a GPS device, a system or device that is physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle, or a communications device that is affixed to a mass transit vehicle, bus or school bus.  DO NOT DRIVE DISTRACTED!  Your obligation is to be a responsible and focused driver.  If you're tempted to text while driving, may we suggest putting your device on silent and out of arms reach during your drive?  Arrive safely!

(https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Safety/TrafficSafetyAndDriverTopics/Documents/Texting-Ban-Fact-Sheet.pdf)