PA cell phone ban signed into law


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HARRISBURG – City & State reports… Governor Josh Shapiro signed a law Wednesday banning the use of cellphones and other mobile devices while driving a vehicle, capping a years-long effort by a state lawmaker to impose a fine on for distracted driving.

The new law, also called Paul Miller’s Law, was introduced more than a decade ago by Senator Rosemary Brown during her time in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. It is named in memory of Paul Miller Jr., who was killed in 2010 in a car accident involving a tractor-trailer and a distracted driver. Since his death, Paul’s mother Eileen has been a strong supporter of a ban on distracted driving.

In the years that followed, Brown sponsored several bills to impose penalties for distracted driving in Pennsylvania, but these ultimately failed to get the governor’s signature. On Wednesday, however, Shapiro signed Senate Bill 37 into law — a measure the governor said would make Pennsylvania roads safer.

“For many families like Eileen’s, who have an empty seat at the dinner table due to distracted driving, this doesn’t have to be this way,” Shapiro said. “Thanks to the group gathered here today, it won’t be like this so often in Pennsylvania, because today that is finally changing.”