Bristol PA Distracted Driving Attorney
With Offices in Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Nobody wants to be ticketed for a traffic violation. This is especially true for drivers who are simply going about their business. Unfortunately, since distracted drivers are statistically more likely to be involved in car accidents, Pennsylvania law enforcement won’t hesitate to ticket a driver who is caught texting while behind the wheel – even if the driver was not putting anyone else on the road at risk. This is especially true for young drivers. If a PA patrol officer sees your son or daughter texting while driving, they will almost certainly issue them a ticket for distracted driving because there is a perception among law enforcement that inexperienced drivers are more prone to accidents.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a highly respected law firm with a rich tradition in Pennsylvania. Our traffic ticket attorneys have more than 40 years of experience representing clients accused of traffic violations throughout Bucks County, including Ivyland, Doylestown, and Milford. Whether you have been charged with distracted driving, careless driving, or a more serious moving violation, we can help you fight the charges. Call KCR today to speak with a member of our litigation team and begin your defense.
Distracted Driving Law in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania law prohibits anyone from operating a motor vehicle while text messaging. This means that you cannot write or read text messages when driving on a Pennsylvania roadway. The ban applies to any Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD). These devices include cell phones, smart phones, and mobile computers that can be used to text or email. GPS devices are not included in the ban on texting.
A police officer can pull you over for typing, sending, or reading text messages. You can even be pulled over by police simply for looking at a handheld device while driving.
The ban on text messaging is a primary law in Pennsylvania. This means that a police officer does not need to witness another moving violation in order to stop the vehicle. If the officer sees you texting while driving, they can pull you over and cite you for distracted driving.
Penalties for Texting While Driving in Bucks County PA
Anyone convicted of texting while driving is subject to a $50 fine. You may also be required to pay court costs and other related fees.
Although a distracted driving conviction will not result in any points on your license, it will be recorded as a non-sanction violation on your driving record if you are a commercial driver.
Additionally, if you are involved in a car accident and are later convicted of distracted driving, there could be serious implications for any civil suit stemming from the accident.
No Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving in Morrisville PA
Keep in mind that the ban applies only to text messaging. This means that Pennsylvania drivers are still permitted to talk on their cell phones. Additionally, the statewide distracted driving law supersedes all local ordinances that apply to cell phone use and texting while driving. As a result, any local ordinance banning drivers from talking on their cell phones is probably unenforceable.
Contact Bensalem PA Distracted Driving Lawyers
The lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson are familiar with local courtroom procedure and know how to help you avoid the most serious consequences of a distracted driving ticket in Pennsylvania. Call us now to discuss your charges, or email us to schedule a free consultation at our Bensalem office.