State Troopers To Watch For Motorists Using Cell Phones On NY Thruway

NANUET, N.Y. (WCBS 880)New York State troopers will once again be on the lookout for cell phone users behind the wheel.

The crackdown starts on Monday and runs until Thursday. Some drivers in Rockland County voiced their support for the initiative, given how often they spy fellow motorists taking their eyes off the road.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports.

“Idiots galore, texting, I tell you, I even see cops do it. It’s true,” one truck driver said.

“Yesterday I was driving back from work and there was, easy, half a dozen people still on the cell phones. I think it’s the easiest thing to catch in the world, but I don’t think there’s enough people looking at it,” another motorist said.

The New York State Thruway Authority said a year ago in their crackdown on phones and gadgets at the wheel, troopers handed out nearly 900 tickets just on the Thruway in a few days.

An infraction earns a driver a $100 fine plus a $60 surcharge.

  • Charlie Sheen

    How about all the women playing with themselves while they drive?

    • MITCH


  • p8nt

    There are phones / applications that do voice activated dialing, applications that will read you your incoming text messages, and emails. Though, I still can’t fathom how even without any of those distractions, people don’t pay attention to the road. They really need to make getting a license harder, and driver’s ed should teach you how to drive and not how to pass the so called DMV Test.

  • mike

    along with the fine, i think you should be forced to buy a bluetooth, & prove it with a receipt

    • Pi$$ed Off Long Islander

      Are people really less distracted using hands-free? They still need to dial a number and they are still in a distracting conversation, more than if someone else was in the car.

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