N.Y. Issued 20,958 Tickets for Texting While Driving During Past Year

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law enfolaw enforcement officials issued 20,958 tickets to motorists for texting-while-driving violations since the law took effect on July 12, 2011 — which is four times as many than the previous year.

The law put in place by state lawmakers and signed by the governor last year makes using a handheld electronic device for activities such as texting-while-driving a primary traffic offense — giving law enforcement the power to stop motorists solely for engaging in this activity.
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Additionally, the penalty for using a handheld device while driving was increased from two to three points. In the year before the law was passed, New York law enforcement officials issued 4,569 tickets for texting-while-driving violationsrcement officials issued 20,958 tickets to motorists for texting-while-driving violations since the law took effect on July 12, 2011 — which is four times as many than the previous year.

The law put in place by state lawmakers and signed by the governor last year makes using a handheld electronic device for activities such as texting-while-driving a primary traffic offense — giving law enforcement the power to stop motorists solely for engaging in this activity.
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Additionally, the penalty for using a handheld device while driving was increased from two to three points. In the year before the law was passed, New York law enforcement officials issued 4,569 tickets for texting-while-driving violations

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed more than 3,000 deaths last year to distracted driving, calling it a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways.

Source: insurancejournal.com

 

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Comments (30)

Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

I agree with Lenn, I think it should be illegal for pedestrians to text in the middle of the street too. I see way too may idiots texting while listening to music with ear plugs in their ears while crossing busy intersections. I may be dating myself here but I was taught... "Look both ways" before crossing the street.

Jul 17, 2012 12:23 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Of laws to create and then enforce there is no end....Of common sense, there remains very little. If you live in the country and text while driving, okay...your truck or car goes off the road and perhaps into a ditch. You learn not to waste time that way. However, in the city, it can cost lives....What can be so important that you have to do "trick"  careless driving and communicating with life as the bet or stakes?

Jul 17, 2012 12:30 AM
Sabrina Schirmer
National Insurance Solutions, LLC - Winter Haven, FL

I seen the commercial that Tanja mentioned. I think it horrible that some people are so caught up with texting that people get injured or Killed

Jul 17, 2012 12:37 AM
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

And still, it is not enough tickets! People should realize that it is just dangerous to text/talk on the phone and drive.

Tatyana

Jul 17, 2012 03:04 AM
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
I wonder how many of those were cab drivers. Haven't heard much on similar stats in Colorado, 20,958 sounds like a pretty high number.
Jul 17, 2012 03:24 AM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Lenn- I agree, its far too dangerous to text & drive

Phil, Thanks, Some of these cities could put this money to good use & educate kids on texting & driving

Chiara- Thanks, Stiffer fine would keep people from doing it

Lou- Great opinion!

David- from your lips to Gods Ears!!!!

Bryan- Amen Brother! I almost got ran of the road in San Diego by a idiot w/ An I pad, i think he was watching a movie while driving...

Michael- Thank you, I love Osprey Golf Club near you

Chris & Dick- That would be a good start :)

Gary- I read somewhere that females under 25 were the biggest culprits

Tanja- I have seen that several times, it really hits home

Sabrina- Thank you, Time toget back to work :-)

Tatyana- Thank you, I agree 100%

Kevin- Thank you, I am sure they are not that high in CO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 17, 2012 04:48 AM
Laura Murray
Weichert - Silver Spring, MD
Search Montgomery Co., MD for homes www.MDRealEstateOnline.com

I like the idea of texting while driving having the same penalty as drunk driving.  Last night a guy was standing in a busy (Washington DC) street, staring at his cell phone instead of looking at the road and cars while he was crossing the street, against the light.  

Jul 17, 2012 05:44 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I also agree with Lenn the penalty should be as severe as drunk driving. There's no reason for a driver to be texting. I still see drivers with their cell phones plastered to their ears and that is illegal in California. Supposed to use a hands free headset if using the phone while driving.

Jul 17, 2012 06:03 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

That is over 20,000 chances to die that were momentarily saved by the ticketing officer. People...think!

Jul 17, 2012 11:04 PM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

If a person gets in an accident that results in a loss of life I would love to be on the jury that sends the idiot up for a long term in prison. Texting while driving should be a felony if it results in an injury accident and should result in a loss of driving privilages for an extended period if not.

Jul 17, 2012 11:27 PM
Jim Miner
Miner Noh & Associates - Phoenix, AZ
Loan Modfication & Short Sale Specialist

Remember, there is the wonderful person who also texts at the red light, of course when the light turns green there we all sit waiting for the that person to finish there text.  OMG what would happen if we had a lapse of 5 minutes before we communicated with the next person.

Jul 18, 2012 12:48 AM
Roger Newton
Roger Newton Real Estate - North Plains, OR

I wonder how the police know that these people are texting.  It is obvious when someone has the phone up to their ear, but do they hold the phone up high enough to be seen when texting?

It is amazing how 20 years ago almost none of us had cell phones or email, and we were able to do business.

Jul 18, 2012 01:29 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Body language says it all. I can always tell. Head down, shoulders moving up and down. It's either that or something else. In either case it takes ones mind off the road.

Jul 18, 2012 01:36 AM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

I am not surprised Frank.  I am from NY and they have had a no cell phone law for years.

Jul 18, 2012 01:43 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I agree with Lenn also. The fines should be at least $1,000.00 for the first offense, $3k for the second and $9k for the third. if that doesn't stop this practice, suspension and revocation of the driver's licenses should be considered.

Jul 18, 2012 04:09 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

If they want to get serious about stopping texting while driving, take away the phone everytime they catch someone, That will get their attention.

Jul 18, 2012 04:11 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

I'm glad they are doing this.  And I suggest that any law enforcement officer who looks at a vehicle window and can't see through it, driving or parked, should place a ticket on that vehicle.

Jul 18, 2012 05:09 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Although Texting and driving is stupid I think many of these laws are about raising money and not about public safety.  

Jul 18, 2012 01:39 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

This is so dangerous and can easily just as bad as a druck driver. Unfortunately, some folks figure it out, when it is too late.

Jul 18, 2012 10:05 PM
Insurance Solutions
Insurance Solutions Unlimited, LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Insurance

Frank, This is very important information for all to read. thank you for sharing this

Feb 19, 2013 08:36 AM