2,121 Pa drivers cited for “distracted driving” in 2014

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Distracted driving awareness

HARRISBURG, PA(WPMT)  The number Pennsylvania drivers cited for “distracted driving” is rising despite a 2012 no texting  law.    Drivers were cited 1,410 times in 2014 for texting while driving and 711 times for using headphones while driving, according to statistics compiled by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).

In Pennsylvania it is illegal for drivers to read, write or send a text message while driving. Pennsylvania’s “no texting” law, took effect in March 2012. Since then, more than 3,940 tickets for texting while driving have been issued statewide. In fact, citations have increased each year:
• 2012 – 1,190
• 2013 – 1,340
• 2014 – 1,410
Over the past three years, 1,752 drivers were cited for operating a vehicle while wearing or using headphones or earphones, a violation of Title 75, Section 3314.
• 2012 – 523
• 2013 – 518
• 2014 – 711


Complete statewide data is available for download. Philadelphia numbers have been included in the statewide data.