Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has signed a bill into law limiting the use of handheld devices such as cell phones while behind the wheel.

Governor Shapiro signed Senate Bill 37, which limits the use of handheld cell phones and other communication devices while driving. Drivers can still use their devices when utilizing hands-free technology such as Bluetooth, docking stations or speaker technology.

"This achievement would not have been possible without the unwavering advocacy of Paul and Eileen Miller, who have been with me every step of the way. Their son, Paul Miller Jr., lost his life to a distracted driver on Route 33 in Monroe County, and their tireless efforts have ensured that his legacy will protect countless others," said Senator Rosemary Brown who championed the bill.

Governor Shapiro says he's met many people who have dealt with life-changing injuries or even lost family members due to accidents involving distracted driving and that this legislation will make the commonwealth's roads safer.

"This is an example of what we can accomplish when we work together. Senators and representatives from both parties came together to pass common sense legislation that will save lives across Pennsylvania," Shapiro said.

According to PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll, there were over 11,000 distracted driving crashes in Pennsylvania in 2023 alone.

"Driving requires 100% of your attention 100% of the time, and this bill ... is an important step forward in discouraging distracted driving and keeping everyone safe on the road," Carroll said.

The law is now in effect as of June 5.