Pennsylvania Cell Phone Ban
Netlore Archive: 'Legislative brief' circulating via forwarded email claims the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill on September 11, 2007 banning cell phone use in moving vehicles
Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: Oct. 2007
Email example contributed by Laurie W., 11 Oct. 2007:
FW: PA Cell Phone Ban
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Comments: No one seems to know where this "Legislative Brief" came from, but Pennsylvania officials all agree: it is bogus.
It is true that there was a bill introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly on September 11, 2007 -- House Bill No. 1827 -- which, if enacted, would ban the use of cell phones while driving (except with hands-free devices), but at last report the legislation was still in committee and its ultimate fate remains unknown. Some lawmakers predict it will be voted on within the next year.
A similar bill was passed and signed into law last year in California and takes effect in 2008, raising the total number of states prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving to four, along with the District of Columbia and some local municipalities.
Sources and further reading:
Text of House Bill No. 1827
The General Assembly of Pennsylvania
Cell Phone Email Short on Facts
Express-Times, 12 October 2007
Cell Phone Ban Email a Hoax
Evening Sun, 12 October 2007
Hold the Phone on Ban of Cell Use While Driving
PhillyBurbs.com, 11 October 2007
No Cell Phone Ban ... Yet
CBS21 News, 10 October 2007
Last updated: 10/12/07