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Pa. House rejects total ban on driver cell phones

HARRISBURG — State lawmakers are giving drivers an extra incentive to be careful when they use hand-held cell phones or send text messages from behind the wheel.

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impose an additional $50 fine on those caught driving carelessly if they also were using a hand-held cell phone or text messaging.

That vote came shortly after the House narrowly defeated an outright ban on driving while using the devices.

Another proposed amendment that would have prevented the state from continuing to pursue tolls on Interstate 80 was also defeated.

The measures were amendments to a bill addressing teen driving safety. That underlying bill isn’t expected to get a final vote in the House this week.

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