The ban has only been in place since 2012, so it may be too soon to tell if it is having an effect on the state’s car crash rate. What we do know is that law enforcement issued far more distracted driving citations last year than the year before, especially here in Allegheny County, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts reported earlier this month that police wrote 43 percent more citations in 2015 than in 2014. They issued 235 distracted driving tickets in Allegheny County alone, second only to Montgomery County which had 298 citations that year. There were 176 citations in Allegheny County in 2014.
The statewide leap in citations could be due to several factors. While it is possible that Pennsylvanians are driving distracted more, it is also possible that officers have gotten better at spotting distracted driving and are catching more motorists in the act.
Interestingly, AOPC noted that more tickets were issued in May than any other month, and that most distracted drivers were caught between 8 a.m. and noon.
Hopefully, the anti-distracted driving law is making Pittsburgh’s streets and highways safer. But people are probably going to continue getting hit by distracted drivers and suffer injury for some time. When that happens, the victim has the right to seek compensation.