Driver using phone hits cop enforcing distracted driving law
"While the New York State Police enforces New York's handheld cellphone and electronic device laws at all times, Troopers will crack down on violators during the Operation Hang-Up campaign".
"I support the crackdown on distracted driving".
Distracted driving is any activity, such as grooming, eating, or the most common diversion - texting - that takes a driver's attention off the road.
"But we want to be clear".
Attorney General Christopher Porrino on Thursday announced the warning letters as part of an initiative to expand the use of the #77 phone alert system in the wake of an 8 percent increase in traffic deaths previous year. He said that in Nassau the total was 7,564, with 5,358 and 2,206 being issued for cellphone use and texting, respectively.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, phones weren't wireless, much less portable.
The Legacy, driven by 80-year-old Gregory Nayvelt of Howell, failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Casino Drive and West Farms Road, crossed West Farms Road into Moore's lane and struck his patrol vehicle, police said. He and his passenger were injured after a police cruiser - out on distracted-driving patrol - hit their sedan at the intersection. What they found is that many drivers are checking their phones often while they drive.
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"Distracted driving is risky and illegal, and with this crackdown we are once again sending the message that making calls or texting behind the wheel will not be tolerated in New York", Cuomo said. It's really not any different from reading a magazine or a newspaper article while you're behind the wheel, and it's scary, honestly.
Passengers - Speak up to stop drivers from distracted driving behaviors and offer to help with anything taking the driver's attention off the road. The same drivers who describe texting and other risky behavior as unacceptable, also admit to engaging in it.
"Law enforcement would rather see everyone off their cell phones than hand out a lot of tickets", said Rhonda Craft, director of the Office of Traffic Safety. A summons can't be issued unless an officer witnesses a violation, but after one of the #77 reports comes in a warning letter like this will be sent to the registered owner of the auto. When asked why, they provided reasons such as improved efficiency, need to stay in touch, habit, searching for information on the internet, and seeing something they want to share.
The campaign is being carried out during April, which the National Safety Council has designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
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"The proliferation of the smart phones, the one that internet access and texting in one device, is proving to be a very risky combination and a very unsafe tool", he said.
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