The first year of Pennsylvania's ban on texting while driving resulted in 1,302 tickets being given statewide, including 49 in Chester County, according to an analysis by AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Chester County police issued the seventh-most tickets among Pennsylvania counties. Philadelphia (243) and Montgomery (111) were Nos. 1 and 2.
Delaware County police issued 75 tickets, ranking No. 4.
The law took effect March 8, 2012. It made texting while driving a primary offense, which means drivers can be pulled over for it, and it carries a $50 fine.
When comparing the ratio of total population to tickets issued, using the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, Chester County's citation rate was slightly below the state average.
Here's how ticket totals corresponded to populations elsewhere:Place Population Driver-texting tickets Tickets per 100,000 pop. Chester County 503,897 49 9.7 Delaware County 559,494 75 13.4 Montgomery County 804,210 111 13.8 Philadelphia 1,536,471 243 15.8 Pennsylvania 12,743,948 1,302 10.2
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