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93 Motorists Paying for Distraction During U Text U Pay Crackdown

From April 10-15 the Clarkstown Police Department participated in the statewide selective traffic enforcement effort "U Drive. U Text. U Pay."

The Department conducted selective traffic enforcement focusing on Distracted Driving and the use of Cell Phone/Electronic Devices in violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1225-c (Use of Mobile Phones) and Section 1225-d (Use of Electronic Devices) and cited 93 
motorists for violation of these laws.

The Department joined law enforcement agencies across the state in cracking down on motorists who drive and text as part of this national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” high-visibility enforcement campaign. 

• According to the latest data from NHTSA, nationwide in 2012, more than 3,328 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, and approximately 421,000 people were injured.
• Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. 
• Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.
• According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field.
• According to another NHTSA study (the 2011 National Occupant Protection Use Survey on Driver Electronics Use), at any given daylight moment in 2011, an estimated 660,000 drivers were using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
• According to NHTSA, the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers is under age 20. Of this group, 11 percent of all drivers who died in a crash were reportedly distracted at the time of the crash.
Cal Mendelsohn April 17, 2014 at 07:08 AM
THese laws need to be strengthened, with violators fined $400 or more per violation to really get the message across that this is not just a nuisance charge. Distracted driving really does cost lives!
James R April 17, 2014 at 05:34 PM
They should be writing tickets for this stuff every day and I agree that the fines should be steep.

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