Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Governor unveils highway texting locations

From Metro:

New York State drivers will now have designated areas to pull over and send a text message.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled on Monday 91 texting zone locations along the state thruway and state highways in the latest effort to cut down on distracted driving.

“In addition to tougher penalties, new detection methods for state police and ongoing public outreach efforts, we are now launching special Texting Zones to allow motorists to pull over and use their phones,” Cuomo said. “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 governor also announced a 365 percent increase in tickets issued in summer 2013 compared to summer 2012 for distracted driving. This summer, state police issued 21,580 tickets, surpassing last summer’s total of 5,208 tickets.

The texting zones are located in areas throughout upstate New York and in Suffolk County in Long Island.


Anonymous said...

Can this Cuomo character get any dumber???
How did we get stuck with such a buffoon?

Anonymous said... someone will pull over to text...only to have more of an urge to text once they get back on the road. Get your head examined .

Anonymous said...

I'm not thrilled with this texting zone idea. Just increase the fines a lot more. What is it now, $150? Big woop. How about $5,000?

Anonymous said...

He doesn't want to loose the texter vote. $5000 sounds right and a felony charge for accidents while texting! BTW how much are these signs costing taxpayers?

Anonymous said...

"Can this Cuomo character get any dumber???
How did we get stuck with such a buffoon?"

There was no oppossition to speak of.

Anonymous said...

And he thinks he can be President one day. Gag....

Anonymous said...

"Just increase the fines a lot more."

And once Cuomo's illegal aliens get drivers licenses I'm sure they will pay ALL their fines.

Anonymous said...

Fines are one thing; enforcement is another.

Anonymous said...

Are there even any of these planned for Queens? Seems more likely to be focused on upstate and long Island.