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Texting and driving now banned in the State of New York

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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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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. wgaluna (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 05:09

2. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)

Its about time

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 06:16

3. Carpe_PM (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 12:03

4. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

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

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