With the constantly advancing technology, it’s no surprise that people in Pennsylvania are using their cell phones while driving now more than ever before. In fact, a study by the National Safety Council found that around 23% of all car accidents in the United States are caused by cell phone use. This is a huge problem, and it’s important to be aware of the risks involved when using your phone while driving.
Car accidents and cell phone use in Pennsylvania
It is illegal to use a handheld cell phone while driving in Pennsylvania. This includes talking on the phone, texting, emailing and using social media. The only time you are allowed to use your cell phone while driving is if you are using hands-free technology or if you are stopped at a red light.
Banning the use of cell phones on the road has prevented over 13,000 driver injuries and 140 deaths caused by car accidents. In addition, it has saved Pennsylvania millions in medical and property damage costs.
Why is using cell phones dangerous on the road?
Using cell phones while driving takes your attention away from the road. Even if you’re just glancing at your phone to see who’s calling or reading a text, that’s enough time for an accident to happen. You need to be 100% focused while driving.
What you can do to prevent cell phone use while driving
You can put your phone in your glove compartment or trunk before you start driving. This way, you’ll be less tempted to use it if it’s out of sight. You can also buy hands-free gear that allows you to answer calls without having to touch your phone.
Besides putting your life and others in danger, using cell phones could lead to adverse civil and criminal outcomes.