Next text stop: 5 miles ahead
New York is one state that's gotten increasingly tough on texting-while-driving. Will such violations be hitting your car insurance bill next? OMG!
New York has relabeled its rest areas and highway pull-offs as "texting zones."
Hey, it worked when your local airport turned a parking lot into a “Cellphone Waiting Area.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday personally unveiled the new campaign that adds nearly 300 signs along the New York State Thruway encouraging would-be texters to wait five minutes and pull over to text. The new signs include messages that read, “It can wait. Text Stop: 5 Miles.”
"Five minutes really won’t make a difference" to wait to look at a phone, Cuomo said. "It really won’t. It can wait. And if you wait until you are in a rest area or a service area, you literally may be saving someone’s life, and the life you save may be your own."
New York has stepped up its anti-texting game dramatically in the past few years.
Improved enforcement of the state’s law has increased the number of tickets for distracted driving fourfold compared with last year. (Part of that enforcement includes officers in high-riding SUVs looking for drivers gazing at their laps -- the result of another change in state law that allows police to pull over texters for that reason alone.)
Those convicted face stiffer fines, as high as $150 for the first offense, and younger drivers with probationary licenses can lose their licenses for 60 days.
And the coup de grace, delivered in July: Driver’s license points assigned to the offense rise from three to five. For comparison, that’s the same as reckless driving. A minor speeding ticket is three points.
Any driver with more than six points on New York driver’s license in an 18-month period has to pay a "driver responsibility assessment" of at least $100 a year for the next three years.
While there is no certainty that your car insurance company will take the texting violation as seriously as the state does, it very well could -- and it’s likely the increase in your New York car insurance rates would be even greater than $100 a year.
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Duh. Pretty dumb if you need signs to tell you you can text at the next rest stop. People who can't figure that out shouldn't be driving while taxpayers get the bill for special accommodations for stupid people.
It ranks right up there with drunk driving, or voting for obama.
There is a dealership near where I live that has a device installed on all their vehicles that will not allow the driver to use a cell phone in the drivers seat. Israel has a great law. If you are caught talking or texting on a phone it is a $1000 fine. If you are caught 3 times. It is $1000 each time and on the 3rd offense your license is suspended for 6 months. To get your license back you have to go through a driving course that costs $2500 and only then do you get your license back.
You have to make stupidity painful.
Wanna save even more lives and accidents? Require passing an IQ test (in English) to get a driver's license.
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday personally unveiled the new campaign that adds nearly 300 signs along the New York State Thruway"
OK so how much did the signs and the hundreds of hours of paying state workers to take their time installing them cost the tax payers ?
No Wonder NY is such a $hithole !..Libtards running the place
If your dumb enough to text and drive you should not have a license !
I was born and raised in NYS and I love this state but, this is a complete waste of taxpayers $ and in no way will minimize texting while driving IMO. The reason people text while driving is to save time so, why would somebody pull over at a rest stop to send a 2.5 second text, get back on the road, receive a reply 10 seconds later while merging back into traffic,...... get my point?
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