State officials say Pennsylvania numbers mirror national statistics that show reckless driving has increased with the COVID pandemic. PennDOT says in 2020, roadway deaths were up six percent, despite a decline in daily vehicle miles traveled by 17 percent. So far, preliminary data for 2021 shows an increase in Pennsylvania crash fatalities by nine percent. PennDOT spokesperson Jennifer Kuntch urges all drivers to think before they use their cell phones on the road and never drive impaired. She says additionally, wearing a seat belt is the most effective action you can do to protect yourself or your loved ones in a crash.