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.
The state Senate approved the measure on a 38-0 vote Monday afternoon.
Drivers caught talking or texting on their cellphones in New Jersey may soon face increased fines and license suspensions under a measure approved by a Senate panel Monday.
A New Jersey couple has filed a lawsuit against a young man and his girlfriend who they said were texting each other when the young man crashed his truck into their motorcycle.
Consumer Reports surveyed 20,000 drivers under 21-years old and 29 percent admitted to driving and texting, but they said they’re less likely to do it if someone else is in the car.
Meriden police says that in the middle of the afternoon on Jan. 20, a police officer got a text from an unknown number. The text indicated the sender was looking to sell Percocet pills, police say.
Do you think you can do it – walk in a straight line while texting? A group of 20-year-olds participating in a study at Stony Brook University thought they could.
Other bus drivers say the company warns them about using cell phones.
Operation Hang Up, which resulted in a thousand tickets during last year’s blitz, is back.
Authorities are passing out flyers to local businesses, reminding people that when they use a cell phone on the street, they make themselves a prime target.
Cuomo’s proposal would make texting, tweeting and gaming at the wheel a primary offense. That means drivers would face 3 points on their license and up to a $150 fine.
They’ve already handed out more than 2,000 tickets for things like illegal turns, disobeying traffic signs, weaving in traffic, and talking on cell phones from behind the wheel.
The state’s Senate Republicans promised Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow police to stop and ticket motorists for texting while driving.
The Department said “the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving a vehicle is illegal. In addition, driving while texting or talking on a cell phone is dangerous and endangers both drivers and pedestrians.”
The U.S. Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine have released a poll that illustrates how widespread distracted driving is among young people and a plan to help fight it.