Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2007]
Handheld Mobile Telephone Use
State of Pennsylvania
Effective November 10, 2007 motorists in the state of Pennsylvania will be prohibited from using handheld mobile telephones while operating a vehicle. The Bill (House Bill
The Bill states that "No driver shall operate any moving vehicle on a highway of this Commonwealth, which shall include Federal, State and municipal highways, while using a handheld mobile telephone."
The term "handheld mobile telephone" is defined by the bill as:
"A mobile telephone other than a hands-free mobile telephone with which a user engages in a call using at least one hand."It also defines hands-free mobile telephone as follows:
"A mobile telephone that has an internal feature or function, or that is equipped with an attachment or addition, whether or not permanently part of such mobile telephone, by which a user engages in a call without the use of either hand, whether or not the use of either hand is necessary to activate, deactivate or initiate a function of such telephone."The new law does not apply, however to the following, when on duty and acting in their official capacities:
Chatty Pennsylvania motorists take heart — there is no such law going into effect in November 2007. Whoever penned the alert quoted above confused the introduction of
Said Transportation Committee Chairman Joe Markosek's Office of the matter: "The bill in question has not received any votes as of today and currently remains in the House Transportation Committee. House
Last updated: 14 October 2007
Osgood, George. "Pa. Cell Phone Law Is Hoax, for Now" [Binghamton] Press & Sun-Bulletin. 11 October 2007. WFMZ-TV [Allentown, PA]. "Cell Phone Ban Email a Hoax." 11 October 2007. WGAL-TV [Lancaster, PA]. "Bogus E-mail Creates Confusion." 9 October 2007.