Lawmakers call for stronger distracted driving laws

CBS 21

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Monday at the Capitol lawmakers met to call for strengthening the laws on distracted driving.

Senators Rob Teplitz and John Wozniak have co-authored Senate Bill 153, which prohibits calls on handheld mobile devices while driving.

The bill contains exemptions for use of such devices during emergency situations or by law enforcement or emergency service providers.

PennDOT would conduct a six month education campaign prior to the distracted driving violation going into effect.

CBS 21 is also committed to stopping distracted driving through the Drive Safe Central Pennsylvania initiative.

For more information on the Drive Safe Central PA campaign, and to sign the pledge to not drive distracted, visit the webpage.