The Pennsylvania House moved forward with legislation that would make texting while driving a primary traffic offense, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The bill passed 188-7. It now moves to the State Senate before heading to Gov. Tom Corbett's desk. The legislation also makes handheld cell phone use a secondary offense, meaning drivers can't be arrested only for using their phone, but could be charged for that use if the driver is pulled over for another offense, according to the Post-Gazette.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 41 states have enacted some kind of ban on texting while driving.