Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., (R-44), Senator John Sabatina (D-5), AT&T, state officials, law enforcement, families of distracted driving victims, students and other advocacy groups held a capitol news conference on Tuesday to focus public attention on distracted driving legislation and awareness.
The news conference was held in conjuction with AT&T’s “It Can Wait” tour, which is making stops across Pennsylvania, including the State Capitol, to remind drivers of all ages to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones. Participants can engage in AT&T’s simulator – a virtual reality driving experience that seeks to warn against the dangers of distracted driving.
“Distracted driving is proven to lead to accidents and death on our roadways,” stated Senator Rafferty, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.
“As drivers, we have a responsibility to keep our eyes on the road and our hands on the wheel at all times. When we drive distracted, we jeopardize the safety of ourselves, our passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and road maintenance workers,” Senator Sabatina said.
In 2015, there were 14,810 crashes in Pennsylvania involving a distracted driver. Additionally, from 2011-2015, there were approximately 280 distracted driving fatal crashes or an average of 57 fatal crashes per year – a statistic that has remained stagnant in this period.
Contact: Nolan Ritchie, Senator Rafferty’s Office, 717-787-1398