HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – A nine-member police task force is patrolling Suffolk County roadways in search of unsafe drivers.
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They’ve already handed out more than 2,000 tickets for illegal turns, disobeying traffic signs, weaving in traffic, and talking on cell phones behind the wheel.
At least one driver is used to seeing that all the time.
“People on their cell phones, texting on the phone while they’re driving, which, to me, might even be worse than speaking on the phone,” Michael told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “If I see somebody swerving, I stay back. I step on my brake a little bit, let him get ahead of me, and then if I can turn off, I turn off.”READ MORE: Asbury Park Businesses Hopeful For A Successful Summer With Fewer COVID Restrictions Than 2020
In 2009, Suffolk County led the state in traffic fatalities.
The police commissioner calls it a driving culture that needs to change.
Aggressive driving seems a big problem on the island and has Sayeed, a cab driver, offering some helpful advice.MORE NEWS: Better Business Bureau Offers Warning As Dueling Van Gogh Experiences Create Some Confusion For New Yorkers
“Please be careful and be patient,” he says.