Texting while driving
New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to better peer down at drivers’ hands, part of one of the nation’s most aggressive attacks on texting while driving.
The former governor said that texting behind the wheel, even at a red light, is dangerous.
Jennifer Sahoye, 35, was originally charged with causing death while driving with a suspended license in the Oct. 10 crash on Routes 1 & 9 in Newark. Further investigation revealed Sahoye was texting while driving at the time of the crash, Essex County prosecutors said.
Authorities call it “high-visibility enforcement” intended to call attention to a law that took effect Oct. 1. It allows reporting of distracted driving offenses to insurance companies and increases fines for texting and using hand-held phones while driving.
Auto insurance company Plymouth Rock surveyed 1,000 drivers between the ages of 18 and 25 in the state.
Texting while driving is against the law in New York, but texting while sitting at a red light is not.
Officials at the Jersey City Medical Center said the majority of people who take the walking course fail it.
More than 30 unmarked New York State Police SUVs were said to be patrolling parkways, enabling troopers to see which drivers are texting behind the wheel.
The legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly applies to drivers with permits and probationary or junior licenses.
State Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Ocean County) introduced the measure over concerns about the rise in accidents linked to texting and calling while driving.
New York motorists are advised to think twice before texting and driving, as tough new regulations go into effect Saturday in New York State.
Drivers on area highways and parkways are being forced to put down their phones and focus on the road. Amanda Kloehr is someone who knows the consequences of distracted driving all too well and is trying to do something about it.
NY Issues More Than 20,000 Tickets For Texting At The Wheel In First Year Of Distracted Driving Crackdown
Authorities in New York report issuing more than 20,000 tickets to motorists in the first year under a tougher law against using handheld electronics while driving.
It’s a stunning recommendation from a federal traffic safety agency. The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for a nationwide ban on behind the wheel cell phone use — even with hands-free devices.
It was just Tuesday that the Department of Transportation held hearings describing texting while driving as “an epidemic.” But in our area the proof is personal.