A law that becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow prohibits drivers in Pennsylvania from texting or reading while operating a vehicle. Here are the salient points of the law:
Ÿ Prohibits as a primary offense all drivers from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based message.
Ÿ Defines an IWCD as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, smart phone, portable or mobile computer or similar devices that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet.
Ÿ Defines a text-based message as a text message, instant message, email or other written communication composed or received on an IWCD.
Ÿ Institutes a $50 fine for convictions under this section.
Ÿ Makes clear that this law supersedes and preempts any local ordinances restricting the use of interactive wireless devices by drivers.