Albany, NY, Jun 13, 2011 — Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll introduce a bill to crack down on texting while driving, with new punishments and penalties. Karen DeWitt reports.
The governor says the bill would penalize drivers who use Blackberries, I-Phones, I-Pads or other portable electronic devices while driving by adding three points on a driver’s licenses if they are caught.
And it would be more likely that drivers would be stopped, because the measure would make texting while driving a primary, rather than a secondary offense. That would permit police to pull over drivers if they suspect they are using their portable devices to text on the road.
Cuomo, in a statement says distracted driving is a “lethal activity.”
for drivers and their passengers, other people in their cars and pedestrians. He cites National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports which find texting while driving may be a factor in as many as 16% of fatal accidents, and 20% of crashes resulting in injuries.