Distracted driving is a growing problem in Pennsylvania and you better believe that police departments and lawmakers are taking notice. PA courts report that between 2014 to 2015, there was a 43 percent increase in citations for distracted driving. Sorry fellas, but 67 percent of those ticketed were male.

There is no question that driving is different than it was 15 years ago. Everyone has a cell phone and most of us fear missing a text, email or call from anyone ever. We have all collectively invited a useful yet dangerous device into our lives (and therefore our cars) each and every time we venture away from home. Our cell phones, our wonderful cell phones are leading to deaths every day on American roadways. On average, over 1000 people are injured and roughly 8 people are killed each day on roads in the US due to an accident involving a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly a third of drivers ages 18-64 reported sending a text while driving in the last month in a recent survey.

At times like these, lawmakers and police usually begin with increasing education and not long afterwards, regulation. Texting, emailing and posting while driving is already illegal in PA. It would be our guess that the penalty of a $50 fine is soon to rise if things do not improve through education alone.

 

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