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National Safety Council Raises Awareness of Distracted Driving in PA

April 12th, 2019 Driver Safety

Each day, crashes caused by distracted drivers in the United States injure 100 people and leave at least nine dead. The National Safety Council (NSC) has declared April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month for this reason. Distracted Driving Awareness Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the dangers of, and eliminate preventable deaths caused by, distracted driving.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) recently published the results of a new survey on distracted driving in the United States. The results indicate cellphone use while driving has increased 57% percent versus previous surveys.

Sourcing Distractions

Approximately 23% of drivers engaged in at least one distracting activity other than cellphone use. Such activities included:

  • Changing the Car’s Audio System
  • Adjusting Climate-Control Systems
  • Operating Electronic Devices Other Than a Cellphone
  • Talking or Singing While Driving
  • Operating Other Vehicle Systems
  • Eating or Drinking While Driving
  • Personal Grooming While Driving
  • Reading Printed Materials

The Problem Hits Home

Even though citations for distracted driving decreased 5% across Pennsylvania between 2017 and 2018, one local source maintains distraction remains an issue. They note the overall number of citations has increased 118% in the last five years. In PA, law enforcement can issue distracted driving citations to those who either text or use headphones while behind the wheel. Violators face a $50 fine, court costs, and other related fees.

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