The first year of Pennsylvania’s ban on texting while driving resulted in 1,302 tickets being given statewide, including 49 in Chester County, according to an analysis by AAA Mid-Atlantic. Chester County police issued the seventh-most tickets among Pennsylvania counties. Philadelphia (243) and Montgomery (111) were Nos. 1 and 2. Delaware County police issued 75 tickets, ranking No. 4.
The law took effect March 8, 2012. It made texting while driving a primary offense, which means drivers can be pulled over for it, and it carries a $50 fine. When comparing the ratio of total population to tickets issued, using the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, Chester County’s citation rate was slightly below the state average.
Check out the image to the right to see how ticket totals corresponded to populations elsewhere. For more information check out the full article by Eric Campbell over at ww.westchester.patch.com. For a free Pennsylvania auto insurance quote contact a Kimberley Vassal Insurance agent today! http://www.kimberleyvassal.com
- In Pa. texting ban’s first year, 1,300 drivers get tickets (philly.com)
- AAA: Drivers In Philadelphia, Suburbs Worst ‘Texting While Driving’ Offenders (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- The Chester County Antiques Show | April 5th-7th (mywestchesterpatown.com)
- Drivers Who Text Behind the Wheel May Not Know What They are Doing (autoinsurancecenter.com)