Report: More Distracted Drivers Than Ever on Pennsylvania Roads

May 5, 2015

Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel!

A new report says more people in Pennsylvania are being caught for distracted driving than ever before.

The report from the state’s court system says 1,410 drivers were cited for texting while driving in 2014 — that’s 70 more than in 2013 and 220 more than in 2012 when a ban on the practice went into effect.

A state trooper tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review police are seeing more distracted driving as technology evolves. He says more drivers are being cited under a different statute for using headphones while driving.

Federal data show 3,154 people died in crashes involving distracted drivers and about 424,000 were injured in 2013.

Drivers convicted of texting while driving are required to pay a $50 fine.


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