Can 30 seconds break your texting while driving habit? - FOX 32 News Chicago

Can 30 seconds break your texting while driving habit?

Posted: Updated: April 3, 2014 03:14 PM
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Texting while driving is a factor in thousands of deadly crashes each year, yet people continue to ignore the dangers or believe they are part of a nonexistent elite that can text, drive and still pay attention to the road.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a "U Drive, U Text, U Pay" campaign that will run from April 7 to April 15, designed to combat distracted driving.

The 30-second ad, which will run on TV and online, shows a woman looking down at her phone and driving through a stop sign before she is broadsided by a semi.

VIDEO: Manifesto - Texting while driving video on YouTube

3,328 people were killed and an estimated 421,000 were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The PSA coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown on distracted driving.

THE LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA

In Pennsylvania, using your cell phone while driving to send or receive texts, emails, or messages of any kind is illegal.

 If you are caught using your mobile device for any of the above purposes, the PA Department of Transportation will issue you a $50 fine.

 It is not illegal to make phone calls while driving. However, if you must make or receive a call while driving, you should:

Pull off the road whenever possible.

Use a hands-free device.

Never participate in emotionally heated conversations.

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