Target 11 obtained brand new numbers for texting while driving citations and discovered Allegheny County is nearly leading the state with citations.
The ban took effect two months ago and in that time, police have stop 236 drivers statewide.
“It actually really makes me mad when I see people texting while driving,” said driver Erica Sanders. “It's dangerous, it really is.”
Investigator Rick Earle discovered one of the hot spots for citations is in Western Pennsylvania. Allegheny County is second on the list of counties for the most tickets with 25.
Beyond that our research showed most local departments only issued a handful of tickets, if that.
Pittsburgh topped the list in Allegheny County with five citations.
North Fayette, Hampton, Northern Regional Police, Ross, Jefferson Hills and Bethel Park each have two citations.
Robinson, Scott, Brentwood, Collier, Ohio Township, McKees Rocks and State Police Pittsburgh each have one.
However, outside of Allegheny County there has been very little activity.
There have been three citations in Westmoreland and Beaver Counties; one in Fayette, Indiana and Butler, and none in Washington County.
“We have no citations for that infraction or warnings,” said Lt. Matt Holand of West View Police.
Because dialing and talking on a cellphone is still legal, West View Borough Lt. Matt Holland said it is tough to tell what a driver is doing.
“It’s a hard law for us to enforce,” he explained.
Target 11 did random checks with police departments and discovered West View is not alone. Mt. Lebanon, Murrysville, and North Huntingdon haven’t issued any texting tickets either.
Even police who have yet to write any citations support the law. In fact, they believe lawmakers need to go one step further.
“It's a good idea with the law,” said Lt. Holland. “I believe not putting it with the whole cellphone really hindered us in doing it. I think that's going to come next because they are going to see after a year this isn't stopping what they wanted to stop.
If you are caught texting while driving, the fine is $50.