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Abstract of Pennsylvania's Proposed Law Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

     The proposed legislation which is to be codified at 75 Pa.C.S. § 3316 is entitled Prohibiting the use of mobile telephones and hand-held communication devices.


     The proposed statute will read:


"No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon a highway while using a mobile telephone or hand-held communication device to engage in a call or wireless communication while the vehicle is in motion."


As defined the by the proposed law the words "engage in a call mean talking into a telephonic device or listening but shall not include activate, deactivate or the initiation of a function of the device.  "Wireless communication" has been defined to include a text message, e-mail, push e-mail, Internet fax and Web browsing.


There shall be a built in presumption that an operator of a motor vehicle who uses a mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion is presumed to be engaging in a call or wireless communication within the meaning of this section. The presumption established by this subsection is rebuttable by evidence tending to show that the operator was not engaged in a call or wireless communication.


This stature does not apply if you are calling in an emergency situation but you must be calling an emergency response operator; a hospital, physician's office or health clinic; an ambulance company or corps; a fire department, district or company; or a police department. The proposed law also does not apply to a police officer or peace officer; a member of a fire department while in the performance of their official duties.


Currently the proposed penalty for a first offense is a summary offense punishable by a fine of not more than $100.

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A Pennsylvania computer wiz surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday to face charges of launching a series of crippling attacks on Web sites that hosted articles revealing how he was tricked into falling in love with a fictitious woman who was actually one of his fiercest cyber foes.  It is alleged that the wiz created a network of hijacked computers and used them to bombard his targets with automated programs that overloaded their Web sites in what is known as a “distributed denial of service attack.”  The attacks disabled some of the Web sites for days. Among the victims was Rolling Stone Magazine.

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Kate Gosselin, one of the stars of TLC's reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" filed for a no-fault divorce in Montgomery County Court in Pennsylvania. She said in papers that she's willing to "negotiate a fair and reasonable" settlement with her husband of 10 years. The divorce filing contains boilerplate language common to all no-fault divorce petitions filed in Pennsylvania.

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