Texting and driving now banned in the State of New York

Texting and driving now banned in the State of New York
Starting on Sunday, getting caught texting while driving could result in a $150 fine in the State of New York. This is a secondary enforcement law which means that you can not get pulled over for tapping out a text message and steering your vehicle unless the officer is stopping you for another, more serious offense. For example, if you run a red light and the cop pulls you over and spots your TouchPro2 on your lap with an outgoing text message on the screen, be prepared to write out that $150 check. And while many states have not yet passed such a law, an article in Sunday's New York Times quotes a Times/CBS poll that shows that 97% of Americans would like to see a complete prohibition on texting and driving. 80% favor passing a law outlawing driving while talking on a cellphone. Half of those polled feel that those who are caught driving and texting should face the same severe punishments that drunk drivers face. What is the solution? 70% of those surveyed say that hands free calling is safe while 90% would like to see that practice made legal. The results came from a nationwide telephone survey of 829 people.

source: MobileCrunch, NYTimes

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4 Comments

1. wgaluna

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

the survey sample size is pretty small... 829 people to accurately represent a nation of 300 or so million.

2. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Its about time

3. Carpe_PM

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

I live in NY. This law, just like the hands-free law, will never be enforced. And, just like the hands-free law, cops will violate this law all day, every day.

4. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i live in NY and i will just say i was using vz navigator! :-)

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