New York Combats Distracted Driving With Highway ‘Texting Zones’
On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York plans to install “text stops” or “texting zones” along highways to give drivers the opportunity to pull over and use their cell phone.
Essentially, these “texting zones” are just existing rest stops and Park ‘N Rides decorated with Texting Zone signs. Cuomo said that 298 new road signs saying things like “It can wait, Text Stop 5 miles,” will be placed along busy roads to alert drivers to the closest Texting Zone locations.
Cuomo says: “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.”