Midstate drivers no strangers to texting tickets - abc27 WHTM

Midstate drivers no strangers to texting tickets

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Four central Pennsylvania counties are among the state's top 15 for ticketing drivers who text while behind the wheel.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, York County is seventh overall with 61 citations issued in the second year of the law. Lancaster County is ranked ninth with 38, Dauphin County is 12th with 32, and rounding out the top 15 is Cumberland County with 20 tickets.

"There is no doubt that within the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, texting and driving is occurring in every county, every city, every town," Northern York County Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel said.

Bentzel told abc27 his department has already been busy nabbing violators this year.

"From January first through April, we have written 43 citations for texting and driving," he said.

"I think its very dangerous. I can't even believe people try and drive and text at the same time," said David Pinkerton of Lancaster.

Some drivers think "hands-free" is the way to go.

"It should be all hands-free. In today's world we need to be connected. Technically, I am supposed to be on the phone now, but I am not going to be," said Jay Grube of Lancaster.

Bentzel added that at one time nobody wore seatbelts. Today, most people do and he believes that over time, texting and driving numbers will diminish.

"I believe if the education continues at the right levels we can certainly have a positive impact in that direction, as well. Unfortunately, it's going to take decades to get us there," he said.


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