In 2011, 23% of auto accidents were caused by distracted texters. That’s 1.3 million crashes. To combat the dangers of texting while driving, the state of New York is adding new infrastructure, or Texting Zones. Nearly 300 designated texting areas will be clearly marked for drivers who need to do some quick texting in a safe location.
At the press conference, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state’s combined efforts to deter dangerous texters:
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.
If you find yourself reaching for your smartphone while driving, consider downloading AT&T’s free driving app to help you get home safe.