Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Texting-while-driving citations released

In the Philadelphia metro area, drivers in Chester County were most likely to be issued a citation for texting-while-driving in 2013, according to a new chart.

For every 10,000 licensed drivers in Chester County, there were 22.4 violations recorded in 2013. This was the highest number in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but still trailed Potter County's state-leading 69.3 violations.

Other counties in the area were as follows:
Montgomery County: 20.6 violations
Delaware County: 15.6 violations
Bucks County: 14.8 violations
Philadelphia County: 13.9 violations
Berks County: 11.6 violations

“Drivers are getting the message: it’s dangerous to text behind the wheel," Jenny M.Robinson, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said in a statement. "Enforcement is important as well, but the goal is to change behavior and get people to stop driving distracted - not just wait until they do it and then see them get a ticket.”

Five counties (Clinton, Forest, Fulton, Huntingdon and Sullivan) had zero violations.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania created the map based on research by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

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