New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (pictured above) said that the government is launching an initiative to reduce distracted driving caused by texting. The “Texting Zones” will be added along the New York State Thruway and State Highways.
Motorists will be encouraged to drive into a pull-off area and respond to text messages and phone calls. The existing Park-n-Rid facilities, rest areas, and parking areas will dual-function as the Texting Zones and signage will be placed along highways to let drivers know where they are located.
The New York state government will start by adding 298 signs along major highways across the state to notify motorists about the 91 Texting Zone locations.
?New York State is continuing to use every tool at its disposal to combat texting-while-driving,? stated New York Governor Cuomo. ?In addition to tougher penalties, new detection methods for State Police and ongoing public outreach efforts, we are now launching special Texting Zones to allow motorists to pull over and use their phones. These Zones will be identified with signs along the Thruway and State Highways, reminding drivers that there is a nearby opportunity for them to legally and safely use their phone. 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 because your text can wait until the next Texting Zone.?
You can view the locations of the 91 Texting Zones in the press release from the New York Governor’s office.
Over the summer, New York cracked down on distracted driving. Below are the results:
[Image Credits: New York State Governor Cuomo’s website]