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Being Caught Texting While Driving

Being Caught Texting While Driving in Philadelphia

Let's be honest; you know that you aren't supposed to text and drive. Texting while driving became agianst the law in Philadelphia in 2010 and the whole state in 2011, so it's unlikely the illegality of this action would take you by surprise. You've probably heard this via word of mouth, radio, television ad, etc. Additionally, it's just plain foolish. You know that if your eyes are on your phone, there's simply no way that you can give your full attention to the road.

We all know Texting while Driving is dangerous, but you may be unaware of exactly how dangerous texting while driving can be. To put things in perspective, suppose you are driving 55 miles per hour. Even if you glance down for a mere five seconds to read a brief text message, at 55 mph you will have just covered the entire length of a football field, all without paying attention to the road. Think about it. Do you feel safe traveling that amount of distance under the assumption that no other driver will change lanes, slow down, speed up, or take any other action which will require your attentiveness? We would guess your honest answer is no.

What if I Wasn't Texting?

But what if you weren't actually texting, that is, writing a text? What if you are just reading a received message? As you may have gathered from the example above, reading a text is itself dangerous. So, whether writing or reading, the entire process of "Texting" is problematic when you are behind the wheel. The law treats writing, reading, and sending a text as equal, and gives equal consequences for each of them. In addition, for the purposes of this law, emailing or sending messages via any electronic means or medium while driving is also considered to be in violation of the law.

If you have been ticketed for texting while driving, The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help. It is commonplace that an officer will ticket persons for additional driving violations, such as failure to maintain lane, careless driving, speeding, etc. as one is likely to have committed other infractions while distracted by their phones. We will assist you in defending any other Tickets, and in attaining the best resolution possible for your case.

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