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Pa. Senate OKs fine for chatting, texting drivers
June 8, 2011, 6:45 p.m. EDT
Associated Press
From pennlive.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would impose a $100 fine on drivers in Pennsylvania for using cell phones and other wireless devices while driving has the state Senate’s approval.

Senators voted 41-8 on Wednesday to send the bill to the House of Representatives, where a tougher bill is being considered.

Under the Senate bill, police could pull over a driver for using a device for texting, e-mailing, Internet browsing or instant messaging. Police could cite a driver for talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device only if they already had pulled over the driver for a separate offense.

The travel organization AAA says more than 30 other states impose some sort of penalty on drivers who talk on cell phones or send text messages.

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