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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 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 as 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 is simply no way that you are giving your full attention to the road.

Texting while driving is just plain dangerous! But you are probably unaware of exactly how dangerous texting while driving can be. To put things in perspective, pretend you are driving 55 miles per hour. Even if you are only glancing down to read a brief text message and can do so in a mere five seconds, at 55 mph you will have just covered the entire length of a football field without paying attention to the road. If you really think about it, do you feel safe traveling that amount of distance under the assumption that no other driver will change lanes, slow down or speed up, or take any other action which will require your attentiveness? I would bet 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 our 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 with equal consequence. And for the purposes of this law, emailing or sending messages via any electronic means or medium while driving is 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 attaining the best resolution possible in your matter.

This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.

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