Pa Having A Hard Time Enforcing Texting And Driving Law

05.02.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Just thirty-one tickets have been issued by state police since the new texting and driving law went into effect nearly two months ago. "Back then, I mean, you saw some people doing it and I'm sure there's people doing it now, it's just being at the right place at the right time to be able to see it," Sergeant John Herdman of the Richland Police Department said. "You have to try and determine if they're actually texting, as far as sending a message to somebody, or if they might just be dialing a number," Herdman said. Police Departments in Blair County, in Johnstown, in State College, and in western Pennsylvania are also struggling. Herdman suggested to make it easy for everyone, just elimate all phone use. A ban on cell phone use all together passed the Senate last year, but didn't make it past the House before going to the Governor.