Pennsylvania sees increase in distracted-driving citations

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 3, 2018 2:19 AM

FILE PHOTO: In this June 24, 2008 file photo, a driver talks on his mobile phone while driving. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Harrisburg) -- Distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania jumped by 52 percent last year and have increased 172 percent since 2013.

Nearly seven in 10 citations were issued to men, and more than a third were to people in their 20s.

State law prohibits texting while driving, subjecting violators to a fine of $50. It's also illegal to drive while wearing headphones.

The court system says the most likely time for police to catch distracted-driving scofflaws is between 8 a.m. and noon.

2012 state law lets police pull over motorists they suspect of texting while driving.

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