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12:26 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

NY Gov: Don't Text While Driving

Don't Text and Drive - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was underlining that mandate in an appearance this morning at a Thruway rest area, as Thruway authorities plan to ramp up penalties for distracted driving.

Despite a beefed-up public awareness campaign and new laws combating distracted driving, New York State Troopers issued 21,500 tickets issued over the summer, compared to 5,000 last year.

According to a recent survey by AT&T, 97 percent of teens across the country are aware that texting while driving can be dangerous, yet 43 percent admitted doing it. In New York, there have been 3 times more distracted driving incidents this year than 7 years ago.

Governor Cuomo stopped by the New Baltimore Service Plaza to talk tough about texting

“New York State is continuing to use every tool at its disposal to combat texting-while-driving,” Governor Cuomo said. “In addition to tougher penalties, new detection methods for State Police and ongoing public outreach efforts, we are now launching special Texting Zones to allow motorists to pull over and use their phones. These Zones will be identified with signs along the Thruway and State Highways, reminding drivers that there is a nearby opportunity for them to legally and safely use their phone. 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.”


The locations of the 91 Texting Zones are below:

County

Highway

Locality/Specific Location

Albany

I-87

New Baltimore Service Area

Albany

I-87

Rest Area - 3 miles south of Albany

Clinton

I-87

Beekmantown

Clinton

I-87

Point Au Roche

Clinton

I-87

Valcour

Essex

I-87

High Peaks NB

Essex

I-87

High Peaks SB

Essex

I 87

Elizabethtown

Essex

I 87

Lewis

Rockland

I-87

Ramapo Service Area

Rockland

I-87

Sloatsburg Service Area

Saratoga

I-87

Clifton Park

Ulster

I-87

Ulster Service Area

Ulster

I-87

Modena Service Area

Ulster

I-87

Plattekill Service Area

Ulster

I-87

Malden Service Area

Ulster

I-87

Rest Area - 11 miles south of Catskill

Ulster

I-87

Rest Area - 8 miles north of Kingston

Warren

I 87

Lake George

Warren

I-87

South Glens Falls

Warren

I-87

North Glens Falls

Westchester

I-87

Ardsley Service Area

Cortland

I-81

Preble

Livingston

I-390

Mt. Morris

Livingston

I-390

Geneseo

Cattaraugus

I-86

Allegany River

Chautauqua

I-86

Chautauqua L./Ellery

Cattaraugus

I 86

Randolph

Cattaraugus

I 86

Randolph

Allegany

I-86

Friendship

Steuben

I-86

Kanona

Steuben

I-86

Campbell

Steuben

I 390

Cohocton

Steuben

US Hwy 15/I86

Erwin

Steuben

I 86

Erwin

Steuben

I 86

Hornellsville

Jefferson

I-81

1000 Islands/Orleans

Jefferson

I-81

Watertown

Jefferson

I 81

Ellisburg

Jefferson

I 81

Ellisburg

Jefferson

I 81

Orleans

Jefferson

I 81

Pamelia

Jefferson

I 81

Pamelia

Jefferson

I 81

Pamelia

Jefferson

I 81

Watertown

Orange

I-84

Wallkill

Orange

I-84

Middletown

Dutchess

I-84

Stormville

Dutchess

I-84

Fishkill

Putnam

I-684

Brewster

Weschester

I-684

Bedford

Orange

I 84

Greenville

Orange

I 84

Greenville

Chenango

I-81

Whitney Point

Tioga

NY 17

Nichols

Tioga

NY 17

Owego

Delaware

NY 17

East Branch

Sullivan

NY 17

Roscoe

Broome

I-81

Penn State Line

Otsego

I-88

Unadilla

Otsego

I-88

East Worcester

Suffolk

I 495

Huntington

Suffolk

I 495

Huntington

Cayuga

I-90

Port Byron Service Area

Erie

I-90

Clarence Service Area

Erie

I-90

Angola Service Area EB

Erie

I-90

Angola Service Area WB

Erie

I-90

Rest Area - 2 miles east of Eden/Angola

Erie

I-90

Rest Area - 7 miles west of Hamburg

Genesee

I-90

Pembroke Service Area

Herkimer

I-90

Iroquois Service Area

Herkimer

I-90

Schuyler Service Area

Herkimer

I-90

Indian Castle Service Area

Madison

I-90

Chittenango Service Area

Monroe

I-90

Ontario Service Area

Monroe

I-90

Scottsville Service Area

Montgomery

I-90

Mohawk Service Area

Montgomery

I-90

Rest Area - 10 miles east of Canajoharie

Montgomery

I-90

Rest Area - 2 miles west of Fultonville

Oneida

I-90

Oneida Service Area

Oneida

I-90

Rest Area - 3 miles east of Verona

Oneida

I-90

Rest Area - 3 miles west of Verona

Onondaga

I-90

Warners Service Area

Onondaga

I-90

DeWitt Service Area

Ontario

I-90

Junius Ponds

Ontario

I-90

Seneca Service Area

Ontario

I-90

Clifton Springs Service Area

Ontario

I-90

Rest Area - 9 miles east of Rochester

Schenectady

I-90

Pattersonville Service Area

Schenectady

I-90

Guilderland Service Area

Seneca

I-90

Rest Area - 15 miles west of Weedsport


Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison said, “The safety of motorists is our highest priority at the Thruway Authority, and 2012 was the safest year in Thruway’s six-decade history. We are always looking at new and better ways to make the highway even safer, and Governor Cuomo’s Text Stops initiative is an excellent way for drivers to stay in touch while recognizing the dangers of using mobile devices while driving.”

Nationally, drivers are being urged to join the  "It Can Wait" campaign, which asks drivers to put down their phones when they pick up their car keys. 

The "It Can Wait" website also has a simulator that syncs with your smartphone and asks to respond to a text message while driving virtually. It shows how dangerous it can get to the mix texting with driving. CLICK HERE to access the simulator.
 

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