The dangers of distracted driving are clear. The proliferation of smart phones and other devices make it easy to stay connected while driving. However, there are almost daily reminders of the lethal consequences of distracted driving when a driver is talking on a phone or worse – texting while driving.
In New York, the use of a moble phone without a hands-free device or texting while driving is a “primary offense” allowing law enforcement to initiate a traffic stop if the driver is seen violating this new law. If found “guilty”, the driver faces a fine of up to $150.00 and three points on their driver’s license.
A recent state-wide offensive against these violations was conducted from July, 2011 to February, 2012. Law enforcement issued over 118,000 tickets for combined texting while driving and illegal cell phone use. Governor Andrew Cuomo is a major proponent against distracted driving:
“These tickets should send a resounding message to all drivers: keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I thank the state police and local law enforcement for their dedication to ensuring the safety of the people of the state of New York.”
While it may seem easy to text or respond to an e-mail while driving on the highway, drivers should think twice as the deadly results of such action are all too common. If a message is that important – pull over and respond. Don’t risk your life or that of others by becoming distracted and another statistic.