Brown Introduces Hands-Free Driving Legislation
EAST STROUDSBURG – Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) recently introduced legislation to prohibit calls on hand-held mobile telephones, except with the use of hands-free accessories, while operating a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania.

“Depending on which source you review, millions of automobile crashes occur across our nation each year where cell phone usage is to blame,” Brown said. “The intent of this legislation is to make our roadways safer and create consistency for motorists driving through our state from border states that ban hand-held cell phone use.”

Under Brown’s legislation, all motorists age 18 and over would be prohibited from using a hand-held phone while driving, but would be allowed to use hands-free devices. Additionally, drivers under the age of 18 would be prohibited from using both hand-held and hands-free devices.

Exceptions would be permitted during emergency situations if the vehicle is not equipped with hands-free technology. The legislation would permit emergency responders, while in their official duties, to only use hand-held mobile telephones if their vehicles do not include hands-free service.

The first offense for violating this law would be $50 and three points to a license and $150 for a second or each subsequent offense. The northeastern region of the United States including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire and West Virginia, all ban hand-held cell phone use.

For more information about this legislation, or any state-related issue, contact Brown’s district office in East Stroudsburg located at 143 Seven Bridge Road, by calling 570-420-8301. Information can also be found on online at or

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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