As of March 8th it will be illegal in Pennsylvania to "text" while driving from a mobile device. For those who travel frequently over 30 states now have similar bans. Texting while driving will be a "primary" offense which means police can stop you based on their visual observation for this violation alone. The penalty is a $50 fine which doubles in a construction zone or a school zone. An exception or defense to this violation is if your attempting to use the keypad on your mobile device to dial a number to make a "voice call", or if your attempting to view your contact list to make a "voice call". If your cited for texting while driving call the Scranton Law Offices of Craig P. Kalinoski. We represent individuals charged with traffic violations across Northeast Pennsylvania. Call us at (570)207-4000 to discuss your legal rights.