Long Island DA has a 5-step plan to further discourage texting and driving

Long Island DA has a 5-step plan to further discourage texting and driving
Authorities in Long Island are looking for more enhanced measures to discourage people from texting and driving (because, apparently, the danger of ending one's own or another person's life is just not as high-priority as updating one's Facebook status). Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has actually already developed and gotten to work on a 5-point plan to stop such practices and encourage people to keep their eyes off their phones, while driving.

DA Rice has made an effort to get in touch with heads at Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Blackberry. She sent letters, urging said companies to adopt existing 3rd party technologies, which block texting while driving, and integrate them into their respective mobile operating systems. DA Rice also sent letters to the three major US insurance associations, suggesting that they should give discounts to policyholders, who prove that they have an app that blocks texting while driving installed on their smartphones.

Of course, the DA is not only after smartphone distractions, but reckless driving as a whole. Another point in her plan includes suggesting that the sentencing court should have a plea program specifically for young drivers, which would allow offenders to reduce their charge and sentence, as long as they had their vehicle equipped, pre-sentence, with tech, such as ignition interlock devices, transdermal alcohol monitoring ankle bracelets, or a personal breathalyzer.

DA Rice also requested from Nassau County Police Department to not turn its back charges for texting and driving, if they are present, even when the offender has already been arrested for a higher level charge.

Lastly, the District Attorney's office will create a website, educating people on the technology that is already present and can be used to combat distracted driving. DA Rice will also add said solutions to her "Choices and Consequences” high school education program.

Do you text and drive? Yes, that goes for tablets, as well.

source: Long Island via Engadget

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15 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I got one step plan for you. Death penalty to people who drives while driving a car. There you go.

3. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

Yikes...that would be a lot of dead people...like anyone who drives... I'm sure you meant "who texts while driving a car" but still seems rather harsh.

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

how about any observed dangerous driving behavior due to operating a cellphone. BTW, sweet profile pic :D nice to see another steeler fan!!!

9. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

I'm on board for that one. They really need to crack down on it. And thank you! Really wish Thursday's game had gone better...but glad to meet another Steelers fan!

14. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It's scared to see people who are learning to drive while using a phone or people who are learning to use a phone while driving. What game?.... I don't want to admit that I actually watched the whole game... Get it done next week!

15. wyrishman

Posts: 39; Member since: May 11, 2014

The part that worries me most is the number of cops I see on their phones...I understand it's work-related, but get a damn bluetooth! I completely agree...there wasn't really a game last week so we'll just kill it this week!

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I don't know how or why people are willing to engage in these activities while behind the wheel. It's like trying to play a handheld device while you're walking. You're going to bump into something if you do it long enough.

4. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Actually I'll keep doing what I want, when I want to do it. Just because "someone" (WHO?) says something is bad or dangerous, and makes it illegal doesn't mean it is. I'll use my own judgement, and deal with the consequences if they occur, instead of relying on anonymous rule makers to boss me around. Thanks. If Government tries to control and monitor devices, people can just install custom software. Others like myself have no problem becoming safely anonymous by disposing my cell phone altogether. Saves a ton of money. Already disposed of cable. Can watch anything I want for free.

5. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

You're also risking the life of others, not just you, when you "do what you want, when you want to do it." Other innocent people will deal with the consequences when some dumbfck decides to text while driving a ton of metal and machinery. I like to think that rules are made to protect normal people from stupid people. Shame on you.

7. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

News break for you: you cannot outlaw stupidity. Law or not, stupid people will continue doing stupid things while driving, be it texting, talking on the phone, messing with the radio or the AC, reading the newspaper, putting makeup on, etc, etc, etc.

8. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Of course. You are completely right. We should legalize driving under the influence too right? Because who cares if a heavily intoxicated person is driving on the roads? Laws aren't meant to eliminate stupidity. They're meant to protect the rest against stupid people. It discourages people to do stupid things because, who wants to go to jail? I seriously cannot believe that I am actually arguing over something like this.

10. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

And the prisons are empty, because stupid people don't want to go to jail, right? Let's leave laws to protect only life and property and leave people, even stupid people, alone.

11. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Sorry...but the government is responsible for everyone of its citizens, regardless of mental capacity. If it saves lives, prevents accidents, then I'm all for it. Unless they're challenged in court, these laws will continue to exist.

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

No, no government is responsible for its citizens. It's the other way around, citizens are responsible for their government. Read your constitution, regardless of the mental capacity assumed by government schools.

13. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

This discussion is going nowhere. I don't quite understand what you're trying to say. You want to scrap these type of laws? Be a lawmaker for god's sakes. Until then, laws such as this will continue to exist in the foreseeable future. Good day.

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