NYS to Introduce “Texting Zones” on Major Highways; State Initiative to Curb Texting While Driving
Published on September 25, 2013 · Filed Under Business
Zones will be included on the NYS Thruway, LIE, and other highways; initiative meant to curb texting while driving
|Plans are to create 91 Texting Zones and to install a series of promotional warning signs reading ‘It Can Wait’ and ‘Text Stop 1 Mile’|
(Long Island, NY) We’ve all been there- driving along on a busy highway when we hear the tell-tale audio alert of a fresh text message arriving on our smartphone.The urge to pick up the phone and reply often can be overpowering, despite the dangers of potential accidents and fines. If only there was a designated place to pull over to safely type out a text message, perhaps it would curb the urgency.
Well, say no more. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday a plan to introduce “Texting Zones” on major state highways. Consisting of areas to pull a car over solely for the express purpose of sending and receiving text messages; Texting Zones are hoped to help reduce the number of texting-related accidents that have been on the rise.
Plans are to create 91 Texting Zones and, within the next four weeks, to install a series of promotional warning signs reading “It Can Wait” and “Text Stop 1 Mile.” The Texting Zones are slated to be created along the New York State Thruway, the Long Island Expressway (LIE), and other state-maintained highways.
In fact, officials confirmed that two Texting Zones already exist between Exits 51 and 52 on the LIE; these Zones are situated at already existing rest stops on both the east and westbound lanes.
Governor Cuomo said that he instituted the plan to supplement efforts to crack down on texting while driving and other practices that create unsafe roadway conditions by providing distractions for drivers.
“New York State is continuing to use every tool at its disposal to combat texting while driving,” he said. “With this new effort, we are sending a clear message to drivers that there is no excuse to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road because your text can wait until the next Texting Zone.”
Texting While Driving currently is a five-point moving violation.