September 25, 2013
New York to create 91 roadside 'Text Stops' in hopes to stop distracted driving
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced dozens of "texting zones" along New York's major roadways to remind drivers to pull over before answering texts or emails on their smart phones. Syracus.com reports.
These zones will be identified with signs along the Thruway and state highways, reminding drivers that there is a nearby opportunity for them to legally and safely use their phone," Cuomo said in a news release. "With this new effort, we are sending a clear message to drivers that there is no excuse to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road because your text can wait until the next Texting Zone."
The zones are the latest effort by Cuomo to combat distracted driving. Since he took office in 2011, new laws make it possible for law enforcement to target motorists primarily for using their smart phones will driving. Other changes include stiffer penalties for young or new drivers caught texting while driving.
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