Pa., it’s time to outlaw driving while using handheld devices

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We recently returned from our niece’s graduation in upstate New York. How refreshing to drive on New York’s highways due to the state’s no-handheld-device law. I’m sure there are those who break it, but in my inventory of drivers I encountered, I saw no one, probably due to the severity of the penalties.

As soon as we crossed into Pennsylvania, we narrowly avoided a pileup caused by some driver not only using a phone but also driving a large U-Haul with a huge trailer attached.

Perhaps our “busy” state legislators could get busier and enact some real common-sense laws regarding cell phones and driving. Banning texting alone is not sufficient. AAA is behind the ban. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation should be, if it isn’t — especially since the speed limit on certain parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been raised to 70 mph, finally matching the speed limit that seems to already exist on the Boulevard of the Allies and the parkways.

Duquesne Heights

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