Distracted-driving citations in Pennsylvania

News Article

April 01, 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 under Media Resources.



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Media contact: Kimberly Bathgate, 717-231-3331

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