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Will stiffer penalties stop people from texting while driving?

ABC News U.S. 2013/07/10 12:00:00
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced new measures in an expanded effort to crack down on motorists who text while behind the wheel by putting more police officers on the road in specialized, unmarked vehicles to catch offenders.

The move went into effect July 4 and is part of the governor’s $1 million texting-while-driving initiative that was announced Tuesday in Buffalo. The undercover state police vehicle is designed to sit higher than normal SUVs so police can catch distracted drivers in the act.



ABC News joined New York State Topper Joe Izzo in the new undercover vehicle recently and caught one female driver browsing the Internet within minutes of hitting the road. In one hour, Izzo pulled over four drivers for using their phone behind the wheel.

In addition to more vehicles for officers, Cuomo has increased the penalty for distracted driving from three to five points on a driver’s license. In New York, a total of 11 points can be grounds to revoke or suspend a license. The governor also signed legislation to increase license suspension and revocation periods for distracted driving on young and new drivers.

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  • brother 2013/08/06 21:18:30
  • starguide 2013/07/16 22:24:56
    Yes
    starguide
    the ultimate penalty is dead stff

    dead stiff
  • none 2013/07/16 18:17:02
    Yes
    none
    immediate destruction of the cell phone would be a great start.
  • DavidK 2013/07/16 16:43:31
    No
    DavidK
    Only when they crash and burn will they learn.
  • Michael 2013/07/16 15:17:39
    No
    Michael
    It will just cause more accidents as people hiding their phone will move it further away from their line of site to the traffic.
  • Fallout 2013/07/16 12:07:04
    No
    Fallout
    It's just like any other addiction. People already risk their lives to do it.
    I'm thinking they'd do it even if it carried the death penalty.
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2013/07/16 10:13:31
    No
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    Stupid people will continue to do stupid things, simply because they are stupid! Laws are meant for control-------and no one has ever been able to control stupidity
  • BornToBeWild 2013/07/16 04:40:14
    Yes
    BornToBeWild
    as more and more texting drivers are being fined by breaking the law...more will learn either the easy way or the hard way!
  • Just Jenn for Now 2013/07/16 04:14:28
    No
    Just Jenn for Now
    How about lightening up as it is? Not everything needs a law, even if it's in the car.

    The fine amount in California for just a first offense is pretty steep. Oh and, by the way, you can't even TOUCH your phone in the car or an officer will take you down.
    Even if you're, say, using the GPS.
  • ProVega 2013/07/16 00:37:45
    Yes
    ProVega
    +1
    Just make them stiff enough.
  • OhSoNiceMe 2013/07/15 23:13:56
    No
    OhSoNiceMe
  • Adam 2013/07/15 21:48:13
    Yes
    Adam
    +1
    Stiffer penalties cut back on drunk driving. Penalties cut back on nearly any behavior that is penalized more stiffly. At a certain point, you run into unintended consequences, and unexpected problems from policing to vigorously, but you CAN limit the behavior. Thats just pure, simple economics. You will never eliminate it, but you can change the frequency.
  • jennifer dornmeier 2013/07/15 20:28:30
    No
    jennifer dornmeier
    I don't text and drive - too dangerous for me. However, I know there are lots of people who DO do it, and among them are a great number who won't stop no matter who tells them to.
  • PhilipM 2013/07/15 19:50:59
    No
    PhilipM
    People will still text and drive, for its people's habit or just a addiction sadly this is something as technology as given, is a addiction without any current cure even when common sense applies to others who drive safely. The only thing that will prove will be when cell phone companies make a mobile smart phone/android that will not allow that driver to text while moving in a vehicle. I mean come on! at least a gps warns you not to use while driving! but hey thats just my open opinion, i doubt anything will really change to impress all in america
  • Cierra 2013/07/15 17:47:20
    No
    Cierra
    +1
    People are gonna do what they want to do regardless. Most don't think they'll get caught anyway.
  • Dr_Stoppit 2013/07/15 15:31:13
    Yes
    Dr_Stoppit
    +1
    But it all defends how stiff the penalties become.
  • Donovan Carter 2013/07/15 15:11:52 (edited)
    No
    Donovan Carter
    No!!!! Absolutely not!!! The reason why? Do you have any idea how many idiots out there are so into texting, they can't put it down for 5 seconds? Well I do, and it's a majority. While making new laws will decrease the number of people that text while driving, they won't STOP people from texting while driving. Nowadays, I look at the number of people who text while driving, and it's more than I can count with my fingers AND toes. It's ridiculous that they think that they can stop people just by making stiffer penalties. I mean that's like saying that people who smoke will stop smoking because it's bad for them where in reality they couldn't care less. There is always one idiot who breaks the law some how, and on top of that lots of people text while driving, a majority DON'T get caught. If they can't catch the people who ARE texting while driving then what's the point of making stiffer penalties. I think this would work better if they put more police and cameras on the streets to enforce these stiffer punishments. Otherwise what's the point?
  • Watermusicranger 2013/07/15 12:20:34
    No
    Watermusicranger
    +1
    People are stupid.
  • Cameron Kirchhoff 2013/07/15 05:49:05
    No
    Cameron Kirchhoff
    +1
    Did Prohibition stop people from drinking?
  • Silverlocust 2013/07/15 05:01:13
    Yes
    Silverlocust
    +1
    Yes, laws and their penalties DO prevent people from doing the wrong thing. Of course, we can never convince everyone but the incidences of drunk driving and not wearing a seat belt are now far lower than they ever were.
    Anti texting laws will be the same - slow to take effect but with proper penalties and policing, reasonably effective.
  • george 2013/07/15 03:14:59
    No
    george
    Only common sense will which means a lot of folks are in trouble.
  • Brother 2013/07/14 22:57:02
  • Fashionable60s 2013/07/14 21:29:28
    No
    Fashionable60s
    The kids will continue to do it because they do not believe at their young age they could die. Never mind them what about others that could get killed by them because they were busy texting while driving.
  • Type Nickname Here 2013/07/14 21:12:21
    No
    Type Nickname Here
    I am in a state where the whole traffic violation system is not aimed at safety or anything. The overall goal is maximizing the cost per ticket. Which is obvious when you can pay higher amounts of money for it to count less on your record.
  • Mark 2013/07/14 20:46:49
    No
    Mark
    All the laws in the world are impotent if there is not the manpower to enforce it.
  • Jason Norman 2013/07/14 17:22:26
    No
    Jason Norman
    +1
    They haven't stopped drunk driving. They may or may not have lowered it but haven't stopped it. My humble opinion : I'm not saying we should kill all the stupid people but we should remove all the warning labels and let nature take it's course.
  • Silverl... Jason N... 2013/07/16 05:06:06
    Silverlocust
    Removing restrictions on anti-social behaviour may be acceptable if the perpetrator is the only one in danger but he very rarely is. And he's certainly not the only one endangered by driving and texting.
  • ☆Hitler was a community org... 2013/07/14 13:42:56
    Yes
    ☆Hitler was a community organiz☆
    +1
    absolutely, if you die, or kill someone, and end up in jail...either way you will not be texting and driving
  • Rob. 2013/07/14 13:41:36
    No
    Rob.
    Nope because people just don't care.
  • TasselLady 2013/07/14 13:05:37
    No
    TasselLady
    Some people are joined to their phones by the hip (literally AND figuratively speaking). As long as people are obsessed with their toys, it's never going to happen.
  • SummerSkye 2013/07/14 11:53:54
    Yes
    SummerSkye
    +1
    Taking violators license away should do it.
  • Playerazzi 2013/07/14 11:22:57
    Yes
    Playerazzi
    +1
    It helps where I live. Get caught texting while driving, it's a $330 fine.
  • iamnothere 2013/07/14 10:47:48
    Yes
    iamnothere
    +1
    might even save a life.. yours
  • Vampire Princess 2013/07/14 09:16:48
    Yes
    Vampire Princess
    +1
    we could always hope
  • No
    Яᴇv☠Doɴɴγ☠Dooᴍ☠Aɢɴosᴛɪc
    Not with how ignorant today's society has become.
  • mike Byrd 2013/07/14 08:06:27
  • rick mike Byrd 2013/07/15 07:08:44
    rick
    +2
    you will be killed or kill some one else either way your an idiot
  • mike Byrd rick 2013/07/15 13:04:09
  • mike Byrd 2013/07/14 06:33:06
  • Urnext 2013/07/14 02:58:27
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