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WDKX.com » Blog » New Tools In State's Crackdown On Distracted Drivers
Jul 10th 2013 7:36 am
New Tools In State's Crackdown On Distracted Drivers

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- If New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo had his way, cell phones would come with a warning.
"This device can be very, very dangerous if used at the wrong time," Cuomo said. "That's what this should say."

But Cuomo got the word out in Buffalo Tuesday, little more than a week after a new driver safety law targeting young drivers went into effect.

"Distracted driving is a crisis. It is a crisis that is getting worse."

Tuesday, Cuomo announced he's rerouting up to $1 million to crackdown on that crisis.
Young drivers with a junior or probationary license will now face a 60-day suspension or revocation for distracted driving.

"It's an offense. If we see it, we stop you and we can ticket you right off the bat," New York State Police Field Commander Patricia Groeber said. "We'll be using the CITE vehicles which are the concealed identity traffic enforcement vehicles."

Starting this summer, you can expect to see a lot more unmarked vehicles out on the road in order to give troopers a better vantage point to catch texting drivers.

"This allows us to be very high profile and really make a statement with the public that there are certain things we have zero tolerance for and this is one of them," Groeber said.

As of June 1, nearly 70,000 drivers have been ticketed statewide, and it's not just teens. Groeber said it's a habit many pick up from their parents.

"If there's any way we're going to break a habit it's by breaking the mirroring of that habit."

Officials are hopeful they can do that through education. If not, adults now face five points on their license instead of three, part of an effort to save lives and make texting and driving a thing of the past.

"If that's what it takes, people will get a ticket and that will be learning the lesson the hard way," Cuomo said.

Source:YNN