New York Cops Will Look Into Your Car to Stop That Text

Troopers will peer down from tall, unmarked SUVs to enforce laws banning texting and driving

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New York state has launched one of the most aggressive efforts to curb texting and driving that will include state troopers peering in on drivers’ hands from tall SUVs.

The New York State Police will use 32 tall, unmarked SUVs so they can peer down into a car and make sure the driver’s hands aren’t on a cell phone, the Associated Press reports. It’s part of a new effort to combat texting while driving that’s among the most aggressive in the nation. New York is also imposing stiffer penalties for distracted driving and creating “Texting Zones” on highways for motorists can pull over and use their phones.

Texting while driving in New York can carry a fine of up to $200, along with five points on a driver’s license. State troopers handed out  5,553 tickets over two months this summer, compared to 924 in the same span last year.

[AP]

3 comments
co_user
co_user

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I hope these snooper-troopers are properly trained to distinguish the difference between a driver texting and a driver who is just simply DIALING on their touchscreen cellphone to make a voice-call. There is a difference and it is an important distinction.

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Denesius
Denesius

@co_user Last time I checked, in 2013 phones were smart enough to dial using voice commands. Maybe it's time to upgrade.

JimboJonesIV
JimboJonesIV

@co_user Important to nit-picky letter of the law but not intent crash causing cell phone users! I have had plenty of near accidents caused by cell phone using fools, texting is not that big a distinction to me. I hope you never kill anyone else if you wreck because of your distracted driving, but if you do I'm sure the victim's family will take no comfort knowing that you were talking, not texting. Jeesh!