Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
Using your cell phone while driving can be very dangerous. It is illegal in Pennsylvania to use your cell phone while driving to send texts, emails, or messages of any kind.
What a Distracted Driver Means For You
A distracted driver is a negligent driver. When using a cell phone, the driver violates his/her duty of care to other drivers. A distracted driver poses a safety risk for everyone else and when it results in an wreck, crash, or injury – the driver becomes liable for the damages caused.
In PA There is a steady growth of distracted driving citations every year
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette