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Distracted driving citations continue to rise in Pennsylvania

PA Courts InfoShare

News Article

April 7, 2017

Distracted driving citations increased by 52 percent statewide between 2014 and 2016 – with more men being cited (70 percent) than women (28 percent).  In Pennsylvania all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving, which includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message or e-mail, and from wearing or using headphones or earphones while the car is in motion.

Data is based on the following state law:  Title 75, sections 1621, 1622, 3316 (texting), and 3314 (headphones).  The infographic below highlights key data and demographics about distracted drivers in Pennsylvania. Or download a high-resolution file of the graphic. County-specific data is available electronically, or at the end of the news release.

 

Distracted driving citations continue to rise in Pennsylvania

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Media contact:    Kim Bathgate, 717-231-3331

Editor’s Note:

County-specific distracted driving data

Statewide count of distracted driving offenses filed from 1/1/2012 through 12/31/2016; grouped by county and offense

County / Offense

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Grand Total

Adams

12

16

18

26

26

98

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

2

4

3314 Use Headphones

2

3

3

6

6

20

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

10

13

15

18

18

74

Allegheny

126

165

176

235

316

1018

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

5

6

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

13

55

66

134

3314 Use Headphones

31

32

34

35

19

151

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

95

133

129

144

226

727

Armstrong

7

10

6

11

7

41

3314 Use Headphones

1

3

2

0

0

6

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

6

7

4

11

7

35

Beaver

11

10

10

22

12

65

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

2

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

3

0

3

3314 Use Headphones

3

3

2

1

3

12

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

8

7

8

18

7

48

Bedford

7

14

21

24

26

92

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

1

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

12

12

3314 Use Headphones

3

8

19

11

2

43

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

6

2

12

11

35

Berks

40

55

87

132

117

431

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

7

8

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

29

13

42

3314 Use Headphones

27

22

42

38

37

166

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

13

33

45

64

60

215

Blair

12

9

12

18

34

85

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

2

1

1

4

3314 Use Headphones

4

0

3

4

3

14

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

8

9

7

13

30

67

Bradford

7

5

11

10

12

45

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

3

2

6

1

3

15

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

3

5

8

9

29

Bucks

106

113

117

183

152

671

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

3

6

10

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

19

50

30

99

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Employer

0

0

0

0

1

1

3314 Use Headphones

45

37

42

55

36

215

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

61

76

55

75

79

346

Butler

16

20

12

43

45

136

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

14

10

24

3314 Use Headphones

5

7

2

6

10

30

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

11

13

10

23

25

82

Cambria

20

13

19

17

17

86

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

0

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

2

4

6

3314 Use Headphones

3

3

1

3

1

11

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

17

10

18

11

12

68

Cameron

0

2

0

0

3

5

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

2

0

0

3

5

Carbon

9

6

13

16

19

63

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

2

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

1

1

3314 Use Headphones

2

5

6

12

12

37

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

7

1

7

4

4

23

Centre

25

46

92

55

29

247

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

4

5

14

7

5

35

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

21

41

78

47

24

211

Chester

70

120

130

166

208

694

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

2

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

10

54

45

109

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Employer

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

24

37

45

28

41

175

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

46

83

75

81

120

405

Clarion

7

9

5

17

15

53

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

1

2

3314 Use Headphones

5

5

3

8

11

32

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

4

2

8

3

19

Clearfield

13

15

17

18

16

79

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

0

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

1

1

3314 Use Headphones

2

3

9

8

3

25

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

11

12

8

8

12

51

Clinton

8

5

5

10

12

40

3314 Use Headphones

3

4

4

7

7

25

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

5

1

1

3

5

15

Columbia

13

8

16

19

36

92

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

2

4

8

14

28

56

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

11

4

8

4

7

34

Crawford

9

2

5

18

21

55

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

0

2

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

2

7

12

21

3314 Use Headphones

1

1

0

2

0

4

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

8

1

2

9

7

27

Cumberland

42

39

63

119

179

442

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

6

6

13

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

2

31

56

89

3314 Use Headphones

25

17

24

36

48

150

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

17

22

36

46

69

190

Dauphin

32

45

55

68

70

270

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

4

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

6

2

8

3314 Use Headphones

5

12

24

22

26

89

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

27

33

31

40

38

169

Delaware

84

80

128

116

127

535

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

3

1

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

1

0

11

12

3314 Use Headphones

14

17

28

20

33

112

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

70

63

99

93

82

407

Elk

3

1

1

1

2

8

3314 Use Headphones

2

0

0

1

0

3

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

1

1

0

2

5

Erie

21

27

13

30

32

123

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

4

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

2

5

7

3314 Use Headphones

2

7

4

2

4

19

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

19

20

9

26

19

93

Fayette

14

11

17

17

13

72

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

0

2

3314 Use Headphones

1

2

2

1

2

8

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

13

9

15

14

11

62

Forest

0

0

2

0

1

3

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

0

0

1

1

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

0

2

0

0

2

Franklin

17

28

20

30

46

141

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

1

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

1

9

6

16

3314 Use Headphones

0

5

1

6

14

26

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

17

23

18

13

25

96

Fulton

1

4

13

10

7

35

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

1

1

3314 Use Headphones

0

4

10

9

3

26

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

0

3

1

3

8

Greene

4

6

2

8

8

28

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

1

1

3314 Use Headphones

0

1

0

1

0

2

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

5

2

7

6

24

Huntingdon

4

1

4

5

12

26

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

2

1

1

1

2

7

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

0

3

4

8

17

Indiana

8

9

8

10

22

57

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

1

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

1

4

5

3314 Use Headphones

2

1

1

4

2

10

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

6

8

7

4

15

40

Jefferson

2

3

7

3

8

23

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

3

2

3

8

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

3

4

1

5

15

Juniata

3

4

4

14

9

34

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

3

2

1

6

2

14

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

2

3

7

7

19

Lackawanna

32

19

32

115

86

284

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

1

1

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

2

29

16

47

3314 Use Headphones

12

5

11

37

28

93

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

20

14

18

48

41

141

Lancaster

46

54

54

122

116

392

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

4

5

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

2

22

21

45

3314 Use Headphones

20

14

23

46

29

132

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

26

40

29

53

62

210

Lawrence

8

12

11

16

12

59

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

1

0

2

3

3314 Use Headphones

0

2

2

0

3

7

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

8

10

8

16

7

49

Lebanon

12

18

23

22

28

103

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

4

5

5

5

8

27

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

8

13

18

17

18

74

Lehigh

42

49

62

73

93

319

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

2

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

22

27

49

3314 Use Headphones

13

18

31

29

16

107

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

29

31

31

21

48

160

Luzerne

43

42

40

57

53

235

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

1

1

2

4

3314 Use Headphones

18

21

21

32

12

104

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

25

21

18

24

39

127

Lycoming

24

26

12

18

18

98

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

1

1

3314 Use Headphones

13

7

1

6

3

30

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

11

19

11

12

14

67

McKean

3

1

2

2

2

10

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

0

1

1

2

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

3

1

2

1

1

8

Mercer

9

6

12

15

17

59

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

3

4

4

11

3314 Use Headphones

1

0

4

4

1

10

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

8

6

5

7

11

37

Mifflin

5

6

7

4

8

30

3314 Use Headphones

1

1

2

3

5

12

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

5

5

1

3

18

Monroe

14

25

33

42

63

177

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

1

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

2

10

12

3314 Use Headphones

8

10

13

16

31

78

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

6

15

20

23

21

85

Montgomery

183

175

223

298

379

1258

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

16

17

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

4

32

40

76

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Employer

0

0

0

0

1

1

3314 Use Headphones

81

42

63

74

75

335

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

102

133

156

191

247

829

Montour

2

1

3

8

1

15

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

5

0

5

3314 Use Headphones

2

0

3

1

0

6

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

1

0

2

1

4

Northampton

27

32

48

71

78

256

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

4

6

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

2

21

15

38

3314 Use Headphones

8

13

23

16

17

77

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

19

19

23

32

42

135

Northumberland

8

9

8

17

21

63

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

4

1

5

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

0

3

1

4

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

8

9

8

10

19

54

Perry

9

10

6

8

4

37

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

4

3

3

2

1

13

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

5

7

3

5

3

23

Philadelphia

276

195

197

242

216

1126

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

4

23

27

3314 Use Headphones

39

50

58

68

38

253

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

237

145

139

170

155

846

Pike

4

6

9

8

16

43

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

5

5

3314 Use Headphones

3

1

4

1

5

14

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

5

5

7

5

23

Potter

0

9

4

7

17

37

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

0

0

1

1

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

9

4

7

14

34

Schuylkill

13

6

12

16

22

69

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

2

2

3

3

1

11

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

11

4

9

12

20

56

Snyder

6

10

7

30

19

72

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

19

7

26

3314 Use Headphones

1

1

3

2

1

8

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

5

9

4

9

10

37

Somerset

18

11

14

12

6

61

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

4

4

3314 Use Headphones

6

4

6

3

0

19

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

12

7

8

9

2

38

Sullivan

0

0

1

2

4

7

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

1

1

1

3

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

0

0

1

1

2

Susquehanna

12

9

7

10

15

53

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

10

8

7

10

8

43

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

1

0

0

5

8

Tioga

5

5

7

7

6

30

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

2

1

3

3314 Use Headphones

0

3

4

2

3

12

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

5

2

3

3

2

15

Union

7

7

9

10

8

41

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

3

0

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

2

4

6

3314 Use Headphones

2

5

4

2

0

13

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

5

2

5

3

4

19

Venango

5

13

5

21

7

51

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

0

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

12

1

13

3314 Use Headphones

1

3

3

2

0

9

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

10

2

5

6

27

Warren

2

4

3

10

8

27

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

2

1

3

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

1

0

0

1

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

4

2

8

7

23

Washington

26

42

43

59

58

228

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

3

1

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

16

9

25

3314 Use Headphones

6

3

4

2

8

23

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

20

39

39

38

40

176

Wayne

1

3

8

3

7

22

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

0

1

5

1

2

9

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

2

3

2

3

11

Westmoreland

37

51

53

75

71

287

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

1

2

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

1

5

12

18

3314 Use Headphones

18

18

20

10

10

76

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

19

33

31

59

47

189

Wyoming

4

4

1

5

6

20

3314 Use Headphones

1

0

0

0

0

1

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

3

4

1

5

6

19

York

77

97

130

223

212

739

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

3

7

10

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

3

19

14

36

3314 Use Headphones

23

23

37

36

41

160

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

54

74

90

165

150

533

Grand Total

1713

1858

2195

3099

3336

12201

 

 

 

 

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