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State releases disturbing stats about distracted driving

Despite countless attempts to curb distracted driving, it seems that the epidemic is getting worse, according to recent statistics provided by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts and PA Courts InfoShare. Between 2014 and 2016, citations for distracted driving rose by over 1,000 from 2,195 in 2014 to 3,336 in 2016. This is a rise of over 52 percent across the state.

Various authorities and agencies are trying to address the situation. Texting while driving is illegal throughout the state, which includes writing, reading or sending texts or emails while a driver's vehicle is in motion. Furthermore, drivers are not allowed to wear headphone or earbuds while driving.

Although citations are up, authorities acknowledge it is difficult to catch someone in the act. Schools are also taking proactive measures to try to teach the younger generation about the dangers of being on their smartphones while on the roads, including the implementation of several videos such as the "It Can Wait" and "Hang Up And Drive" campaign programs.

As long as smartphones and tablets remain popular, it is highly unlikely that this will go away any time soon. Distracted driving and negligent drivers are a huge problem not only for themselves but for anyone on or even near the roads, including pedestrians. A car accident victim may be entitled to compensation for damage and their injuries if the accident was caused by a distracted or negligent driver. One may want to reach out to a firm that handles personal injury to learn more.

Source: Republican Herald, "State data: Distracted driving increasing," By Vicki Terwilliger, May 22, 2017

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