After Accident, Limerick Driver Ticketed for Texting
LIMERICK PA – A 33-year-old Limerick man has learned the hard way why law enforcers consider texting-while-driving a poor choice.
Pennsylvania State Police from the Troop K Barracks in Skippack reported Thursday (Aug. 12, 2021), in a public information release, that they had ticketed the local resident for making prohibited text-based communications while operating a vehicle, following a three-car traffic accident on U.S. Route 422 in the township.
The ticketed driver was in line behind several other cars, traveling Aug. 1 (2021; Sunday) at 9:18 p.m. in the right lane of the highway’s eastbound side, when the car ahead of his “suddenly slowed in response to traffic flow,” troopers stated. The alleged texter apparently didn’t notice how traffic had changed, and his car rear-ended the car in front.
That caused the second car to “uncontrollably” rear-end a third car ahead of it, they added.
Two people were later transported to Paoli Hospital by Friendship Fire Company #1 of Geigertown for treatment of possible injuries, troopers said. Two others involved in the incident were not injured, they noted.
“Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55” miles an hour, according to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, “cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers,” a University of Utah study observes.