The goal of texting while driving laws is obviously to stop people from texting while driving. But Pennsylvania's law, which went into effect in 2012, has done a horrendous job of accomplishing that goal. Philadelphia issued 243 tickets for violating the law in the first year, but only 91 in 2013, according to The Morning Call. And even though the statewide numbers have hardly dropped, they're feeble compared to neighboring states.
Why are the numbers so low? Because Pennsylvania's law has a loophole that's extremely easy to take advantage of. Unless someone in the car snitches, a cop has an extremely hard time proving that a driver was actually texting. The person can just say they were making a phone call, which is perfectly legal in the Quaker State.
The state legislature needs a mulligan.
[via Above The Law: Redline]