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Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania see significant jump

PA Courts InfoShare

News Article

April 2, 2018

Distracted driving citations increased by 52 percent statewide in 2017 – and have increased 172 percent since 2013. 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 at the end of the news release.

Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania see significant jump

 

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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 1/1/2013 through 12/31/2017; Grouped by County and Offense

County / Offense

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Grand Total

Adams

16

18

26

26

45

131

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

2

2

1

5

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

3

0

3314 Use Headphones

3

3

6

6

19

37

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

13

15

18

18

22

86

Allegheny

165

176

235

316

383

1,275

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

5

10

16

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

13

55

66

61

195

3314 Use Headphones

32

34

35

19

17

137

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

133

129

144

226

295

927

Armstrong

10

6

11

7

13

47

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

3

2

0

0

1

6

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

7

4

11

7

12

41

Beaver

10

10

22

12

38

92

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

2

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

3

0

7

10

3314 Use Headphones

3

2

1

3

7

16

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

7

8

18

7

22

62

Bedford

14

21

24

26

28

113

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

1

0

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

12

7

19

3314 Use Headphones

8

19

11

2

9

49

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

6

2

12

11

12

43

Berks

55

87

132

117

198

589

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

7

3

11

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

29

13

27

69

3314 Use Headphones

22

42

38

37

55

194

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

33

45

64

60

113

315

Blair

9

12

18

34

18

91

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

2

1

1

1

5

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

0

0

4

4

3314 Use Headphones

0

3

4

3

4

14

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

9

7

13

30

9

68

Bradford

5

11

10

12

11

49

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

1

0

1

2

3314 Use Headphones

2

6

1

3

0

12

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

3

5

8

9

9

34

Bucks

113

117

183

152

294

859

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

1

3

6

17

27

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

19

50

31

49

149

3314 Use Headphones

37

42

55

36

67

237

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

76

55

75

79

161

446

Butler

20

12

43

45

51

171

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

3

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

14

10

8

32

3314 Use Headphones

7

2

6

10

10

35

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

13

10

23

25

30

101

Cambria

13

19

17

17

15

81

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

0

0

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

2

4

3

9

3314 Use Headphones

3

1

3

1

1

9

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

10

18

11

12

11

62

Cameron

2

0

0

3

2

7

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

0

0

0

0

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

0

0

3

2

7

Carbon

6

13

16

19

30

84

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

0

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

1

8

9

3314 Use Headphones

5

6

12

12

14

49

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

7

4

4

8

24

Centre

46

92

55

29

39

261

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

1

0

1

2

3314 Use Headphones

5

14

7

5

11

42

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

41

78

47

24

27

217

Chester

120

130

166

208

339

963

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

2

2

10

14

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

10

55

45

46

156

3314 Use Headphones

37

45

28

41

65

216

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

83

75

81

120

218

577

Clarion

9

5

17

15

42

88

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

1

1

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

9

9

3314 Use Headphones

5

3

8

11

10

37

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

2

8

3

22

39

Clearfield

15

17

18

16

17

83

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

2

0

0

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

3

9

8

3

5

28

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

12

8

8

12

12

52

Clinton

5

5

10

12

31

63

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

4

4

7

7

21

43

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

1

3

5

8

18

Columbia

8

16

19

36

59

138

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

1

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

1

0

3

4

3314 Use Headphones

4

8

14

28

47

101

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

8

4

7

8

31

Crawford

2

5

18

21

22

68

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

1

0

2

2

5

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

2

7

12

8

29

3314 Use Headphones

1

0

2

0

0

3

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

2

9

7

12

31

Cumberland

39

63

119

179

220

620

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

1

6

6

12

25

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

2

31

56

64

153

3314 Use Headphones

17

24

36

48

39

164

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

22

36

46

69

105

278

Dauphin

45

55

68

70

86

324

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

4

7

11

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

6

2

6

14

3314 Use Headphones

12

24

22

26

15

99

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

33

31

40

38

58

200

Delaware

80

128

116

127

208

659

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

3

1

3

7

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

1

0

11

9

21

3314 Use Headphones

17

28

20

33

53

151

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

63

99

93

82

143

480

Elk

1

1

1

2

11

16

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

1

0

1

2

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

1

0

2

10

14

Erie

27

13

30

32

74

176

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

4

5

9

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

2

5

25

32

3314 Use Headphones

7

4

2

4

8

25

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

20

9

26

19

36

110

Fayette

11

17

17

13

34

92

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

2

0

0

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

2

2

1

2

1

8

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

9

15

14

11

33

82

Forest

0

2

0

1

4

7

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

0

1

0

1

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

2

0

0

4

6

Franklin

28

20

30

46

72

196

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

2

1

5

8

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

1

9

6

33

49

3314 Use Headphones

5

1

6

14

17

43

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

23

18

13

25

17

96

Fulton

4

13

10

7

10

44

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

4

10

9

3

6

32

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

3

1

3

4

11

Greene

6

2

8

8

11

35

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

1

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

1

3

4

3314 Use Headphones

1

0

1

0

0

2

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

5

2

7

6

7

27

Huntingdon

1

4

5

12

13

35

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

2

0

2

3314 Use Headphones

1

1

1

2

2

7

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

3

4

8

11

26

Indiana

9

8

10

22

23

72

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

1

0

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

1

4

4

9

3314 Use Headphones

1

1

4

2

4

12

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

8

7

4

15

15

49

Jefferson

3

7

3

8

42

63

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

0

3

2

3

4

12

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

3

4

1

5

37

50

Juniata

4

4

14

9

7

38

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

0

0

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

2

1

6

2

3

14

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

3

7

7

4

23

Lackawanna

19

32

115

86

121

373

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

1

1

1

4

7

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

2

29

16

25

72

3314 Use Headphones

5

11

37

28

42

123

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

14

18

48

41

50

171

Lancaster

54

54

122

116

244

590

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

4

9

14

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

2

22

21

38

83

3314 Use Headphones

14

23

46

29

45

157

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

40

29

53

62

152

336

Lawrence

12

11

16

12

42

93

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

4

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

1

0

2

5

8

3314 Use Headphones

2

2

0

3

3

10

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

10

8

16

7

30

71

Lebanon

18

23

22

28

49

140

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

2

12

14

3314 Use Headphones

5

5

5

8

9

32

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

13

18

17

18

27

93

Lehigh

49

62

73

93

220

497

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

2

3

6

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

22

27

26

75

3314 Use Headphones

18

31

29

16

58

152

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

31

31

21

48

133

264

Luzerne

42

40

57

53

84

276

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

5

5

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

1

1

2

2

6

3314 Use Headphones

21

21

32

12

22

108

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

21

18

24

39

55

157

Lycoming

26

12

18

18

27

101

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

1

0

1

3314 Use Headphones

7

1

6

3

5

22

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

19

11

12

14

21

77

McKean

1

2

2

2

6

13

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

1

1

2

4

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

2

1

1

4

9

Mercer

6

12

15

17

33

83

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

2

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

3

4

4

10

21

3314 Use Headphones

0

4

4

1

5

14

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

6

5

7

11

16

45

Mifflin

6

7

4

8

7

32

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

1

2

3

5

2

13

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

5

5

1

3

3

17

Monroe

25

33

42

63

45

208

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

1

7

9

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

2

10

2

14

3314 Use Headphones

10

13

16

31

21

91

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

15

20

23

21

15

94

Montgomery

175

223

298

379

620

1,695

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

16

30

47

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

4

32

41

113

190

3314 Use Headphones

42

63

74

75

89

343

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

133

156

191

247

388

1,115

Montour

1

3

8

1

5

18

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

5

0

2

7

3314 Use Headphones

0

3

1

0

0

4

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

0

2

1

3

7

Northampton

32

48

71

78

219

448

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

2

4

2

8

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

2

21

15

26

64

3314 Use Headphones

13

23

16

17

43

112

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

19

23

32

42

148

264

Northumberland

9

8

17

21

23

78

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

4

1

4

9

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

3

1

1

5

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

9

8

10

19

18

64

Perry

10

6

8

4

17

45

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

1

0

1

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

3

3

2

1

10

19

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

7

3

5

3

6

24

Phildelphia

195

197

242

216

216

1,066

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone - Commercial Motor Vehicle

0

0

4

23

4

31

3314 Use Headphones

50

58

68

38

29

243

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

145

139

170

155

183

792

Pike

6

9

8

16

23

62

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

3

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

5

2

7

3314 Use Headphones

1

4

1

5

5

16

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

5

5

7

5

13

35

Potter

9

4

7

17

28

65

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

2

1

3

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

0

1

2

3

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

9

4

7

14

25

59

Schuylkill

6

12

16

22

31

87

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

0

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

1

0

2

3

3314 Use Headphones

2

3

3

1

8

17

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

9

12

20

21

66

Snyder

10

7

30

19

30

96

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

1

1

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

19

7

4

30

3314 Use Headphones

1

3

2

1

4

11

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

9

4

9

10

21

53

Somerset

11

14

12

6

28

71

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

4

6

10

3314 Use Headphones

4

6

3

0

7

20

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

7

8

9

2

15

41

Sullivan

0

1

2

4

3

10

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

2

0

2

3314 Use Headphones

0

1

1

1

1

4

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

0

0

1

1

2

4

Susquehanna

9

7

10

15

37

78

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

2

3

5

3314 Use Headphones

8

7

10

8

30

63

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

1

0

0

5

4

10

Tioga

5

7

7

6

11

36

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

2

1

0

3

3314 Use Headphones

3

4

2

3

2

14

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

3

3

2

9

19

Union

7

9

10

8

6

40

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

3

0

0

3

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

2

4

2

8

3314 Use Headphones

5

4

2

0

1

12

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

5

3

4

3

17

Venango

13

5

21

7

21

67

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

2

0

2

4

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

12

1

1

14

3314 Use Headphones

3

3

2

0

5

13

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

10

2

5

6

13

36

Warren

4

3

10

8

5

30

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

0

0

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

2

1

1

4

3314 Use Headphones

0

1

0

0

0

1

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

2

8

7

4

25

Washington

42

43

59

58

79

281

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

3

1

1

5

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

16

9

8

33

3314 Use Headphones

3

4

2

8

5

22

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

39

39

38

40

65

221

Wayne

3

8

3

7

9

30

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

2

0

2

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

2

2

3314 Use Headphones

1

5

1

2

1

10

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

2

3

2

3

6

16

Westmoreland

51

53

75

71

74

324

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

1

1

2

4

8

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

1

5

12

13

31

3314 Use Headphones

18

20

10

10

8

66

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

33

31

59

47

49

219

Wyoming

4

1

5

6

10

26

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

0

0

1

1

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

0

0

0

0

0

3314 Use Headphones

0

0

0

0

2

2

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

4

1

5

6

7

23

York

97

130

223

212

191

853

1621 Texting While Driving - Prohibition

0

0

3

7

3

13

1622 Handheld Mobile Telephone

0

3

19

14

22

58

3314 Use Headphones

23

37

36

41

50

187

3316 Prohibiting text-based communications

74

90

165

150

116

595

Grand Total

1,858

2,195

3,099

3,336

5,054

15,542

 

 

 

 

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