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Distracted-driving citations in Pennsylvania

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April 1, 2021

Overall traffic citations in Pennsylvania decreased by 33 percent in 2020 during the pandemic compared to 2019. Specifically, distracted-driving citations decreased by 47 percent statewide from 2019 to 2020.

Distracted-driving citations in Pennsylvania can be issued for 1) using headphones while driving, 2) using a handheld mobile phone while driving a commercial vehicle or 3) texting while driving. Texting includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message.

The infographic below highlights key data and demographics about distracted drivers in Pennsylvania over the last five years. Detailed county data is available here. A high-resolution file of the graphic is available for download at www.pacourts.us under Media Resources.

Distracted-driving citations in Pennsylvania

 

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Media contact: Kimberly Bathgate, 717-231-3331

Editor’s Note:

Statewide Count of distracted driving offenses filed from 1/1/2016 through 12/31/2020; Grouped by County

 

County

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Total

Percentage of Total

Adams

26

45

57

55

37

220

1.11%

Allegheny

316

383

384

273

197

1,553

7.86%

Armstrong

7

13

9

17

8

54

0.27%

Beaver

12

38

32

22

15

119

0.60%

Bedford

26

28

41

24

17

136

0.69%

Berks

117

198

189

199

103

806

4.08%

Blair

34

18

22

25

16

115

0.58%

Bradford

12

11

6

10

5

44

0.22%

Bucks

152

294

217

139

60

862

4.36%

Butler

45

51

46

50

35

227

1.15%

Cambria

17

15

18

34

12

96

0.49%

Cameron

3

2

4

1

1

11

0.06%

Carbon

19

30

28

30

18

125

0.63%

Centre

29

39

42

17

13

140

0.71%

Chester

208

339

272

216

116

1,151

5.82%

Clarion

15

42

27

23

16

123

0.62%

Clearfield

16

17

16

10

22

81

0.41%

Clinton

12

31

13

31

12

99

0.50%

Columbia

36

59

89

51

37

272

1.38%

Crawford

21

22

20

22

38

123

0.62%

Cumberland

179

220

189

261

113

962

4.87%

Dauphin

70

86

127

155

106

544

2.75%

Delaware

127

208

157

177

80

749

3.79%

Elk

2

11

53

16

4

86

0.44%

Erie

32

74

56

43

37

242

1.22%

Fayette

13

34

33

27

16

123

0.62%

Forest

1

4

4

5

4

18

0.09%

Franklin

46

72

57

71

59

305

1.54%

Fulton

7

10

15

11

6

49

0.25%

Greene

8

11

12

8

1

40

0.20%

Huntingdon

12

13

8

3

2

38

0.19%

Indiana

22

23

24

18

5

92

0.47%

Jefferson

8

42

17

27

35

129

0.65%

Juniata

9

7

15

16

8

55

0.28%

Lackawanna

86

121

102

99

47

455

2.30%

Lancaster

116

244

214

174

82

830

4.20%

Lawrence

12

42

30

19

8

111

0.56%

Lebanon

28

49

105

93

26

301

1.52%

Lehigh

93

220

163

201

90

767

3.88%

Luzerne

53

84

107

122

83

449

2.27%

Lycoming

18

27

33

40

15

133

0.67%

McKean

2

6

14

12

7

41

0.21%

Mercer

17

33

45

39

27

161

0.81%

Mifflin

8

7

4

4

2

25

0.13%

Monroe

63

45

60

77

46

291

1.47%

Montgomery

379

620

577

443

188

2,207

11.16%

Montour

1

5

3

8

0

17

0.09%

Northampton

78

219

149

110

51

607

3.07%

Northumberland

21

23

23

16

22

105

0.53%

Perry

4

17

22

12

6

61

0.31%

Philadelphia

216

216

255

211

74

972

4.92%

Pike

16

23

11

18

11

79

0.40%

Potter

17

28

22

9

2

78

0.39%

Schuylkill

22

31

34

41

14

142

0.72%

Snyder

19

30

25

26

13

113

0.57%

Somerset

6

28

42

29

16

121

0.61%

Sullivan

4

3

0

1

2

10

0.05%

Susquehanna

15

37

40

21

14

127

0.64%

Tioga

6

11

11

15

3

46

0.23%

Union

8

6

12

13

5

44

0.22%

Venango

7

21

27

45

22

122

0.62%

Warren

8

5

7

2

3

25

0.13%

Washington

58

79

83

62

34

316

1.60%

Wayne

7

9

7

7

5

35

0.18%

Westmoreland

71

74

81

78

39

343

1.74%

Wyoming

6

10

16

16

5

53

0.27%

York

212

191

170

142

77

792

4.01%

Grand Total

3,336

5,054

4,793

4,292

2,293

19,768

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