While Pennsylvania’s statewide ban on texting behind the wheel went into effect in March, Scranton Police have only issued ten tickets thus far for breaking that new law. The issue is that it has proven difficult for police to tell whether a driver is actually texting or, as discovered at a recent stop of a teenager, just filing nails, which, along with other actions, is not necessarily illegal. A study by Virginia Tech showed that texting increased the likelihood of an accident drastically. Research also discovered 4.6 of every six seconds is spent looking at the screen when someone texts.
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