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The new law says no driver shall operate a motor vehicle on a highway or traffic way in Pennsylvania while using an interactive wireless communications device to send, read or write a text-based communication while the vehicle is in motion. A person does not send, read or write a text-based communication when the person reads, selects or enters a telephone number or name in an interactive wireless communications device for the purpose of activating or deactivating a voice communication or a telephone call.

Now Pennsylvania becomes the 35th state to ban texting while in a moving motor vehicle. Texting while driving is more prevalent than driving while drunk, but just as deadly.

The new law pertains to phones, computers or other devices that can send texts, emails, or similar messages. Police are not allowed to seize the devices when they write tickets.

The penalty upon conviction is a $50 fine.
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There are few moments as important to a teen and as frightening to a parent as letting a newly licensed teenager drive without parental supervision. You trust your child and believe that he or she is ready for this important step toward adulthood, but the thought of a fatal car accident keeps you up at night.

What Can You Do To Keep Your Child Safe?

Your child has completed a good driver’s education course, has driven with you many times, and has earned his or her license. Now is the big moment. To further promote good driving practices, consider signing a contract with your teen that includes the following:

If the driver of the car was at fault and has insurance, you should be covered by his or her insurance. You may be entitled to pain and suffering and expenses related to your injuries from the multiple vehicles involved as well as the car you were in.

Since you are the passenger, you would not be considered at fault unless you grabbed the steering wheel, distracted the driver, or assaulted the driver.

However, if you get into an auto accident in someone else’s car and you do not have insurance, it will depend on the car owner’s insurance policy as to whether or not you are covered. If you have insurance, it’s not a problem or if you are not at fault and the other driver was, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Underage drinking and driving don’t mix. Underage drinking is a serious public health and safety problem.

Here are some Pennsylvania DUI death statistics for 2010 provided by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

Pennsylvania ranked 35. That means the state ranks on the higher end of DUI traffic deaths. There were 433 DUI fatalities. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has been working diligently in Pennsylvania for years to get stronger interlock legislation, but the Legislature has still not acted.

Are you ready to turn off your cell phone and stop texting while driving?

Ready or not, if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way — there will be a nationwide ban on personal electric devices like cell phones.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 3,000 people lost their lives in 2010 in distracted driving related accidents.

Can’t that text message wait? That’s what voicemail is for…to listen to the messages later.

The safety recommendation calls for all 50 states and D.C. to ban the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. The safety recommendation also urges use of NHTSA model of high-visibility enforcement to support these bans and implement targeted communication campaigns to inform motorists of the new law and greater enforcement.

Three thousand deaths due to (avoidable) distracted driving are too many.
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Why do people of all ages participate in known risky behavior behind the wheel of a motor vehicle?

According to a new November 2011 Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll, most adults (2,800 were interviewed) admitted to engaging in distracting behaviors while driving:

86% eat and/or drink
59% talk on the cell phone (not hands free)
41% fiddle with their GPS devices 37% text 36% reading a map 14% apply makeup (plus 1 in 10 comb hair)
13% surfing the Internet 7% watching videos
“Every 1 percent of drivers polled represents more than one-and-three-quarters of a million people,” said Humphrey Taylor, chairman of The Harris Poll.
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Classes are back in full swing, which means there are droves of teen drivers out on the roads commuting to and from school, sports practices, and many other extracurricular activities. But many of them are inexperienced drivers, which often leads to mistakes behind the wheel that can quickly become tragic. Whose job is it to educate and train these youngsters to know the safe rules of the road? The responsibility almost always falls on parents, according to AOL Auto Blog.

According to research done at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), parents who establish rules, describe to kids the importance of rules, and then honor consequences when rules are broken, possess the most power over their children’s well being.

Some of the most effective and important guidelines that parents can put into place for their high school drivers mirror some of the related state legislature across the nation. These rules may include some of the following staples:

A 26-year-old woman and a male passenger were killed in a Philadelphia car accident recently after a Chrysler 300 crashed into a home. According to PhillyBurbs.com, the fatal accident occurred on Byberry Road in Upper Moreland. The authorities have stated that there was no evidence of the vehicle braking before it crashed into the home. Both the driver and the passenger were killed. Officials suspect that alcohol or speeding may have played a part in this fatal crash, but an investigation and toxicology exam are still underway.

Anytime someone is killed in a Philadelphia single-vehicle accident, there are a number of questions that must be asked. Did another vehicle force the vehicle off the roadway? Did a dangerous roadway contribute to the crash? Did a defective auto part such as faulty brakes or a defective tire cause the driver to lose control? There are a number of reasons why a vehicle may veer off a roadway and driver negligence is not always the answer.

According to the 2009 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics, 47 percent of all car accidents in Pennsylvania were single-vehicle crashes. The family of someone killed in a single-vehicle crash would be well-advised to preserve the vehicle in its damaged state for a thorough investigation by a qualified expert.

Four teenagers were killed in a tragic Philadelphia car accident involving a vehicle leaving the roadway and crashing into a wooded area. According to The Associated Press, the fatal car crash occurred on Manor Road in West Brandywine Township in Chester County. For unknown reasons, the car left the roadway and all four victims were ejected from the vehicle. All of the victims were reportedly under the age of 18. It is not clear if they were wearing seatbelts or what could have caused the vehicle to veer off the roadway.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s 2009 crash statistics, there were 1,143 fatal crashes resulting in 1,256 deaths in Pennsylvania car accidents. During that same year, there were 4,484 crashes resulting in 27 deaths and 1,808 injuries in Chester County car accidents.

Anytime someone is killed in a fatal Philadelphia car accident, it must be determined what caused the crash and who may be held liable for the loss of life. The family of someone killed in a Pennsylvania car accident may seek financial compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist or his or her insurance company. Damages that may be covered include medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages and emotional distress.

Philly.com reports that the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. In addition to increasing patrols and implementing regulatory checkpoints, the PSP will also be offering free child seat safety inspections across the state.

In Pennsylvania, drivers and front seat passengers over the age of 18, as well as kids from ages eight to 17 in any seat, are required to wear a seat belt. However, it is considered to be a secondary offense, which means police aren’t able to pull a driver over only for not wearing their seat belt. The fine is $10. Children between the ages of four and eight are required to be in a booster seat, and the fine is also $10 for a violation. Pennsylvania police are able to stop a car on suspicion of having a child from birth to age four who is not in a car seat, the penalty for which is $100.

During the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the PSP will set up extra regulatory checkpoints where drivers will have to show police their license and registration. If police issue a ticket for a primary violation, they will also be able to issue one for a seat belt violation, if applicable. It is estimated that about one in 12 drivers in Pennsylvania do not use their seat belt regularly.

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