Pennsylvania Sees Increase In Distracted-Driving Citations

  • Pennsylvania Sees Increase In Distracted-Driving Citations

Pennsylvania Sees Increase In Distracted-Driving Citations

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, which falls under the U.S. Department of Transportation, has designated April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month".

Distractions have three forms: visual, taking eyes off the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; and cognitive, taking the mind off driving.

"It's extremely frustrating as a law enforcement officer who looks for the safety of people, the safety of our citizens, and the people that travel our roads everyday", said Martin.

"AAA has made traffic safety a priority since 1921, working to make roads, vehicles and drivers safer", said Linda von Quintus, Vice President of Government & Community Affairs, AAA Texas.

Although people know texting and driving is risky, Cruz said people don't even think twice about doing it.

It's part of a statewide effort in conjunction with Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

With more portable technology now than ever, driver distractions have risen to unprecedented numbers. "We will do this through enforcement and education efforts like our new advertising campaign "Just Drive", reminding drivers to put down their phones and focus on the world".

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that driving a vehicle while texting is six times more risky than driving while intoxicated. Each time a driver is caught using a cellphone while driving it is two demerit points on their licence.

There were 843 traffic deaths in Virginia previous year, and officials point to an alarming trend in the circumstances surrounding those fatal crashes.

Distracted driving was thought to be a factor in more than 16,000 Pennsylvania crashes in 2016, including 61 fatalities.

There were 658 texting and electronic-use violations in the state reported by the Ohio Department of Public Safety's electronic crash database in 2017.

Halpin said that there will be no warnings issued to distracted drivers.

"We're proud to partner with AAA on this important campaign", said Bob Stuart, Hertz Executive Vice President of Global Sales. "We're trying to reduce the speed in areas where there have been a large number of vehicle collisions", he said.