Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) January 13, 2013
The Philadelphia region led the state in the number of citations written for people texting while driving during the first six months of the Pennsylvania ban on text messaging behind the wheel, according to an analysis by AAA Mid-Atlantic, a statistic that is distressing to Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Flager & Yockey.
According to the AAA news release, the analysis revealed that nearly half of the 796 citations written across the state were issued in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties together. About one-third of the state’s population is in the Philadelphia region. There were a total of 355 tickets written for the first six months after the law against texting while driving went into effect on March 8. Texting while driving is a primary offense with a $50 fine.
“It’s been against the law to text while driving in Pennsylvania for nearly a year, but despite the ban, people are continuing to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk,” said Philadelphia personal injury attorney Randall C. Flager, a founding member of Flager & Yockey. “As personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia, we have seen too many cases in which texting has played a role in an accident that involves serious injuries or death.”
AAA conducted its research by requesting data from across the state, according to the news release. The motor club added information from Philadelphia police.
“We think education is really the key to keeping our roads safer. The goal is to change behavior and get people to stop texting behind the wheel, not just wait until they do it and then see them get a ticket,’ Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, stated in the news release.
There were 111 citations issued in the Pittsburgh Metro area; 38 in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Metro; 34 in York-Hanover Metro; 34 in Scranton-Wilkes-Barre metro; and 31 in Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro, according to AAA’s analysis.
Texting drivers have a 23 times greater chance of getting into an accident than drivers who do not text, according to figures from Distraction.gov. AAA noted that federal studies have shown that reading or sending a text message takes the driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed, according to the AAA news release.
According to a recent AAA poll, 40 percent of licensed Pennsylvania drivers who responded named distracted drivers as their No. 1 fear on the road. Twenty percent, by contrast, stated that drunk drivers were their biggest concern, according to the AAA news release.
Flager & Yockey attorneys urge anyone injured due to someone who was texting while driving to contact an accident attorney in Philadelphia for a consultation.