Scranton, PA March 28, 2024 – Senator Flynn today heralds the successful passage of Senate Bill 37, also known as “Paul Miller’s Law,” by the House of Representatives Transportation Committee. This legislation introduced by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, including prime-sponsor Senator Rosemary Brown, and proudly co-sponsored by Senator Flynn, aims to strengthen distracted driving laws in our Commonwealth. Earlier this week, the House Transportation Committee voted, in bipartisan fashion, to report the bill out of committee to full House of Representatives for final consideration.

Key provisions of the bill include explicitly prohibiting the use of handheld devices while operating a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania, increasing penalties, and providing for educational materials for new drivers. Senate Bill 37 provides for certain exceptions, including usage by emergency responders, when a device is being used in a hands-free capacity, or when being used as a navigational device.  Additionally, the bill includes important provisions for data collection by law enforcement, to ensure that this law is being applied fairly and equitably. 

Senator Flynn expressed his gratitude to his colleagues across the General Assembly for their support and dedication to advancing road safety initiatives. He emphasized the importance of proactive measures to reduce traffic accidents and protect the lives of Pennsylvania residents.

“Today marks a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to promote safer roads and prevent senseless tragedies caused by distracted driving,” said Senator Flynn. “Senate Bill 37, or Paul Miller’s Law, reflects our commitment to enacting meaningful reforms that prioritize public safety. In 2022, there were more deaths due to distracted driving than there were as a result of impaired driving. By addressing the dangers of distracted driving and improving law enforcement practices, we are taking decisive action to save lives and make our communities safer.”

The legislation, named in honor of Paul Miller, a victim of a distracted driving accident, underscores the human toll of irresponsible behaviors behind the wheel. Senator Flynn reiterated his dedication to advocating for policies that honor Miller’s memory and prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

With the passage of “Paul Miller’s Law,” Pennsylvania takes a significant step forward in ensuring safer roads for all residents. Senator Flynn calls on the House of Representatives to vote on this important piece of legislation, with the ultimate hope of the bill making its way to the desk of Governor Shapiro. Pennsylvania would become the 27th state to ban the use of handheld devises while driving.

For more information or inquiries, please contact Senator Flynn’s District office at 570-207-2881.