New York to Help Stop Texting While Driving
Many of us have either texted while driving or know someone who does. However, the consequences of texting and driving have the potential of being fatal. In fact, texting while driving causes nearly 1.6 million accidents per year.
The State of New York is looking to do all they can to prevent these accidents. Along the state highways, New York has incorporated new “Texting Zones.” These areas are safe places for drivers to pull over in order to text where they won’t cause an accident.
“Texing Zones” will be designated by signs along the highways, much like when you see a notification of an approaching rest stop.
“New York State is continuing to use every tool at its disposal to combat texting-while-driving,” stated Governor Cuomo in a release.
Governor Cuomo pointed out that distracted driving citations in New York have increased a whopping 365 percent, just this past year. He hopes these new designated “Texting Zones” will decrease the number of citations and help save lives.
He then continued by saying, “With this new effort, we are sending a clear message to drivers that there is no excuse to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road.”
Along with New York, 41 of the 50 states have banned texting while driving due to its dangers. You can also help prevent texting while driving by spreading the word and signing the pledge to not text and drive.