New bill could ban drivers from using handheld cellphones in PA

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania could soon join 20 other states in banning drivers from using handheld cellphones while operating a vehicle.

The bipartisan bills recently received approval by the PA House Transportation Committee.

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One of the bills was filed by Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe County). The other was filed by Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny County).

DeLuca emailed Channel 11 a copy of the letter he sent to House leadership urging them to take up the bills. The law in place bans texting while driving, but DeLuca believes that language needs to include all types of cellphone use.

Versions of this bill have failed repeatedly over the last several years, but DeLuca is confident 2020 will be different since it’s gaining bipartisan support.