New York Adding Special ‘Texting Zones’ to Highways

New York Adding Special ‘Texting Zones’ to Highways

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will designate “texting zones” along New York’s highways in hopes to curb distracted driving.

No, that doesn’t mean that certain segments of the highway will allow people to text and drive, but rather the texting zones will allow drivers to safely pull over and use their phones. The new texting zones will use existing infrastructure such as rest and parking areas to remind drivers that there are places to safely get off the road before using their phones. The zones will be identified with signs along the New York Thruway and state highways.

It’s a practical approach to remind drivers that rest areas is where texting should be happening, rather than while behind the wheel. It’s not exactly anything “new,” so to say, but the heavy advertising hopes to keep drivers attention on the road until they get somewhere safe to use their phones.

New York has increased the penalty for distracted driving from three to five points on a driver’s license and has increased license suspension and revocation periods for distracted driving on younger drivers.

[Source: AOL Autos]