Distracted Driving On the Rise in PA
Number of Distracted Drivers Rising in Western Pennsylvania
The latest statistics are in and distracted driving is on the rise. Pennsylvania distracted driving citations went up from 1,340 citations in 2013 to 1,410 citations in 2014. Police are closely monitoring – and enforcing – Pennsylvania's ban on texting while driving.
Additionally, police cited 711 individuals in 2014 for driving while listening to headphones – another form of distracted driving. In Pennsylvania, it's illegal to operate a motor vehicle while listening to earphones or earbuds. Only single ear headsets for cell phone use are allowed.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, not just in PA but also around the United States. In fact, distracted driving accounted for 3,154 deaths and over 420,000 injuries in 2013 alone.
One Text Isn't Worth Your Life
Every day, our law firm sees the devastating effects of distracted driving accidents. We always encourage drivers to put their phones away until they've reached their destinations. Unfortunately, that chime or rumbling vibration from a mobile phone tempts too many drivers.
Distracted driving typically affects one or more of the following forms of attention:
- Cognitive – the ability for your brain to focus
- Visual – keeping your eyes alert and scanning for danger
- Manual – physically removing your hands from the wheel to text
What's the Biggest Group at Risk?
Studies show that teens are the most likely group to text and drive. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths in America. Over 51% of teens polled admitted that they've texted while driving.
That's why we sponsor the Edgar Snyder & Associates Save a Life Tour. It's an interactive experience that visits area high schools to educate students about the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving. Students have the opportunity to test those dangers first-hand using state-of-the-art driving simulators. Learn more about the Save a Life Tour here.
5 Most Cited Counties in PA
Courtesy of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
Avoid the Citation and the Accident: Don't Text and Drive
Switch off your cell phone or store it in the glove compartment when you're driving. Remember, that text or call can wait. We're sure the person you're talking with would rather you stay safe than at-risk on the road. Commit to ending distracted driving by signing our Safe Driving Pledge.
If a distracted driver ever injures you, contact our law firm for a free consultation. We're available around the clock.