“Text Stops” Are Now In New York, First In The USA

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at a highway rest stop. (Photo credit: http://www.governor.ny.gov/)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at a highway rest stop. (Photo credit: http://www.governor.ny.gov/)

New York is the first US state attempting to induce drivers to pull off the road before texting.

Blue-and-white signage now point drivers to 91 existing areas where motorists can pull off the road and safely send messages.
“In New York, it’s better to pull over and tap a message on a phone if you don’t want to get pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving,” announced Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Last Tuesday ( USA Time)

In a press statement Coumo said, distracted driving is a major problem in New York; a problem that is getting worse and that costs lives.
According to him one out of 5 accidents today is attributable to distracted driving and five times more fatal than drunk driving.

He also added that with this new effort, they are sending a clear message to car users that there is no excuse to take their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road because their text can wait until the next Texting Zone.

On the other hand New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico stated that their top priority is keeping motorists and pedestrians safe on New York’s roadways, and the new distracted driving law has helped them do their job better.

D’ Amico disclosed, they told motorists they would be out there looking for violators and they found far too many. Accidents resulting from the use of handheld devices are completely avoidable, which is why they will continue to target distracted drivers who engage in this risky action.”

Bill Windsor, associate vice president for consumer safety at Nationwide in a comment told the press that New York is the first state that tried to repurpose its existing rest zones and other parking areas along its freeways to emphasize on people that they should wait before sending or reading a text.

“Of all the things you can do with a cell phone, everyone agrees that texting while driving is the most dangerous,” Windsor added.
He further identified that there are three major distractions while driving — taking your hands off the wheel, taking your eyes off the road, and taking your mind off your driving.

“Texting encompasses all three of those distractions,” Windsor enthused.

He acknowledged that if someone is taking their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, it increases crash risk 23 times.

Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President of AT&T noted that the signage alone will be a helpful reminder to people, and that the concept of saying to people, “You rest for a lot of things — to use a rest room, to take a break from driving — this is just another reason to rest,’  is a good one.

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