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Sound Off: Do You Text and Drive?

State announces crackdown over Thanksgiving holiday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that during the Thanksgiving holiday, the New York State Police will conduct an enhanced enforcement campaign called "Operation Hang Up" to target motorists who use their cell phone and other electronic devices while driving. 

"Over the Thanksgiving holiday we will be stepping up our enforcement measures to send a clear message to drivers: keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel," Cuomo said in a statement. "Using a handheld device while driving is illegal and puts the lives and safety of New Yorkers on the road at risk."

A law signed earlier this year made using a handheld electronic device for activities such as texting while driving a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop motorists solely for engaging in this activity. Additionally, the penalty for using a handheld device while driving has increased from two to three points.

Record numbers of motorists have been ticketed for texting while driving since the new law went into place, according to reports.

We want to hear from you. Do you text while driving? Have the increased penalties made you think twice before picking up your phone in the car? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Judy Mottl November 19, 2011 at 01:03 AM
There are laws that are just too hard to enforce. Every day I see drivers talking on handsets and texting and endangering my life and others. What we need is a system where we can report such activity. But then again we'd need to be able to text or call while driving and that's not allowed :) I just wish all the mothers in vans that I see talking or texting would stop. It's not just you you're endangering.
Big Joe November 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Completely agree... It is so difficult to enforce the law. Have I texted while I have driven, yes... Very few times. It is extremely distracting and very dangerous. I believe that when parents have children in the car and are caught texting or talking while driving without hands free kit then the offense should be higher. I welcome the police that stage around exit ramps and on side streets. The only way to dissuade the public is by making the punishment severe and by conducting more random stake outs enforcing these laws. With the technology we possess with almost every phone on the market containing GPS, while in motion the texting feature should be able to be automatically disabled. Passengers who have the right to text unfortunately be inconvenienced but in my opinion too bad. Not worth a life in my opinion.
Michael CJ November 21, 2011 at 01:38 PM
The reason we cannot enforce our laws is there is not enough law enforcement to do it. Suffolk County Is by charter supposed to have 2400 active-duty police officer, it has 1600!!! This is direct caused by the police union begin greedy! They forget they work for the public and do not get paid what they think they should but what the public can afford to pay them. If you reduced their wages by 20% you still would have 30,000 people applying for 200 jobs. How can the police protect when they can barely respond in time, because there is not enough of them? You might think this is anti-police. It's not, read it again. I want more police, just at a price will can afford. 10 new police office will cost us 1 million dollars. New York City would get 20 new police office for the same price. Is a Suffolk policeman better than a NYC policeman?
KC November 25, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Any one who Texts and drives is a BONEHEAD. I know personaly of two people that are are dead,due to texting while driving. The penalty for such an offense should be a very high fine, that would be difficult for anyone to pay. We people take this issue too lightly. Most incidents of texting while driving are caused by young adults, however I see plenty of moms ,and dads texting as well. Lets be a little more responsible, and teach our young drivers the dangers of texting while driving.

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