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Find Out the Top 10 Traffic Violations in Pennsylvania From 2018-2022

police officer at traffic stopWhat is the most common traffic ticket issued in Pennsylvania?

If you guessed speeding tickets, you are correct by a wide margin. Data gathered by PA Courts InfoShare reveals 21 percent of traffic citations issued between 2018 and 2022 were for speeding.

In February 2024, PA Courts used the data to create an infographic called Top 10 Traffic Violations in Pennsylvania. The infographic lists some of the more notable statistics from the research, such as:

  • The top 10 traffic violations made up 70 percent of the total traffic violations filed in the state between 2018 and 2022.
  • A total of 5,833,278 traffic violations were issued in Pennsylvania during the research period.
  • Men received more traffic citations by a wide margin: 63 percent of the citations were issued to men.
  • The highest number of traffic citations occurred in May.
  • Drivers in their 30s received 30 percent of all citations issued.

Review the infographic to see more statistics.

infographic from pacourts

Source: PA Courts InfoShare

If you were injured in a collision caused by one of the violations mentioned above, or any other form of negligent driving, Schmidt Kramer may be able to help you seek compensation for damages.

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Why Is Speeding So Prevalent on Pennsylvania Roads?

Speeding was by far the most common traffic violation, according to the infographic.

There are numerous reasons why drivers speed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified four of the most common reasons drivers decide to break the speed limit and put others on the road at risk:

Aggressive Driving Triggered by Traffic

Many drivers have a negative reaction to heavy traffic. These drivers often increase their speed, make unsafe lane changes and become increasingly angry at anyone who gets in their way. Speeding often occurs when traffic clears as drivers want to try to make up lost time or simply enjoy all the extra space on the road.

Drivers Running Late for Work, School or Some Other Engagement

When people are running late, they often throw caution to the wind and engage in many reckless behaviors, including speeding. Drivers prioritize their own schedule over adherence to traffic laws.

Drivers Feel Detached From the Outside World

People often feel less restrained when they get behind the wheel of a car. They may listen to loud, fast or aggressive music that further encourages reckless behavior.

Aggressive Driving Habit

Some people get triggered by traffic or other factors, while some drivers are almost always aggressive, no matter the situation.

Some of the other reasons for speeding may include:

  • Lack of awareness: Some drivers do not realize how fast they are going, often because they are not paying enough attention.
  • Thrill-seeking: Many drivers find speeding to be exciting, especially younger drivers. Thrill-seeking like this can be fueled by the music they are listening to or something else going on in their lives.
  • Thinking they will not get caught: Some drivers are habitual speeders and they have yet to experience negative consequences, like tickets or accidents. They may be more likely to speed if they do not see a heavy police presence in the area.

If you were injured by a speeding driver, contact our firm to learn how we may be able to help you seek compensation.

Injured by a Negligent Driver? Contact Schmidt Kramer

The statistics cited above reinforce the need for drivers to keep their eyes on the road and take reasonable precautions to lower the risk of a crash.

Unfortunately, you cannot control what other drivers do. Despite your efforts, you could end up in a collision.

If you are ever involved in a collision and suffer a serious injury, you should consider meeting with an experienced lawyer to review your legal options. You may need significant compensation and you cannot rely on the insurance company to provide everything you need.

At Schmidt Kramer, we have been advocating for crash victims for decades and we have recovered millions on their behalf. Contact us to learn more.

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