Traffic deaths and reports of distracted driving both climbing
The initiative will target motorists who engage in unsafe distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.
As a general rule, if the driver is unable devote his or her full attention to driving because of some other activity, it's a distraction.
A police officer out enforcing a distracted driving campaign was hit by a distracted driver.
"I think it is very important to be clear that we must not have people distracted by reporting distracted drivers", he said.
"Distracted driving is risky and illegal, and with this crackdown we are once again sending the message that making calls or texting behind the wheel will not be tolerated in New York", Cuomo said. There's a way to do this if you're driving and you're alone and a passenger can't. Moore suffered a hand injury, police said. Remind the driver to put it down, don't text and drive.
Warning letters may be mailed to the vehicle's owner.
In addition to the #77 program expansion, Porrino said an enforcement blitz has been initiated by the State Police. "It's critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors and that they change their attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on our roads".
"The campaign is created to raise awareness of the importance of attentive and engaged driving and will focus on the dangers distracted driving poses to everyone on the road, including bicyclists and pedestrians".
"They will involve troopers in roving patrols, troopers in unmarked units and troopers in plain clothes", he said.
Cuomo noted in the release that April traditionally marks the start of the spring driving season, and that during the month State Police and local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on other vehicle and traffic law infractions.
"The text or the email can wait because a distracted driver is a deadly driver", he said.
Richard Hammer, the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said the connection between the rising popularity of mobile devices and the increase in highway deaths can not be overlooked.
Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving.
However, nobody knows at the moment whether or not they were manually controlling the vehicle or if it was driving on its own. Uber has suspended tests of its self-driving cars after one of them flipped over following a collision in Tempe, Arizona .
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