ALLEGHENY COUNTY (KDKA) — The number of distracted driving citations issued in Pennsylvania has been steadily climbing the past few years, and Allegheny County is one of the state’s leaders for number of citations issued.
According to statistics released by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, Allegheny County came in second for the most distracted driving citations in 2015 with 235 citations issued. Montgomery County, with 298 for the year, came in first. York, Bucks and Chester counties followed Allegheny County with 223, 183 and 166 citations, respectively. The statistics did not include Philadelphia County.READ MORE: City Council Honors Retiring Pittsburgh Police Commander Karen Dixon COVID-19 In West Virginia: Gov. Justice To Lift Indoor Gathering Limits At Bars, Most Businesses
By state law, distracted driving citations are issued to drivers who are texting or wearing headphones or earbuds while the vehicle is in motion.MORE NEWS: Gov. Tom Wolf Says 'There Is A Light At The End Of The Tunnel' 1 Year After Pennsylvania's First COVID-19 Cases
Additional statistics showed that the number of distracted driving citations issued in Pennsylvania rose from 1,998 in 2014 to 2,857 in 2015, a 43 percent increase. More than half of those citations were issued to men, and the majority of citations were issued to people in their 20s.