texting and driving

This is a picture of a person holding a cell phone while driving a vehicle
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The number of drivers issued a ticket for talking on a hand-held cellphone is dropping in New York state — but  more people than ever are being caught texting while behind the wheel.

New York has outlawed texting or talking on handheld cell phones by commercial drivers at stoplights or in traffic jams, restrictions that don't apply to other drivers.

The law that took effect Monday brings the state into line with federal regulations for interstate trucking that took effect in 2012. Violations carry fines.

All states that issue commercial driver licenses must do the same by the end of next year.

Commercial drivers can use hands-free phones, as well as two-way or CB radios, even though they require one hand to operate.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Students at Lee High School in Massachusetts are receiving a crash course in the dangers of texting and driving this week.

Two drivers’ seats each with three television screens and a steering wheel are encased in the hard to miss 36-foot-long neon yellow trailer parked in the Lee High School parking lot. Working with the Distractology 101 simulator Robert Bliss has traveled to Connecticut, Rhode Island and all over Massachusetts teaching young drivers about the consequences of distracted driving.