Texting while driving is becoming more and more prevalent on our roadways. We hear about the horrible accidents and the unfortunate loss of life.
In the interests of protecting the public, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania decided to take strict action to eradicate the problem. The harsh punishment they attached to driving while texting is a $50 fine. Then they have the nerve to say that the fine isn’t deterring drivers.
People’s lives are at risk and 57 people died from texting while driving in 2012 according to AAA. This is the same argument that is used to push harsher penalties for DUI. Drunk driving is dangerous and people are dying. For a DUI you will normally face jail time, heavy fines, and a license suspension. A $50 fine is a joke.
Comparison of DUI penalties vs. driving while texting penalties in PA
|DUI Penalties (Highest Rate 1st offense)||Driving while Texting Penalties|
A $50 fine is the same as double parking or a street sweeping violation in York (parking in front of a hyrant is $100).
I don’t get it. Why the difference? Why the hypocrisy? Can someone please explain this to me?