By now drivers throughout New York are probably aware that distracted driving is a serious problem. State law prohibits use of handheld portable electronic devices while driving. More specifically, texting while driving is banned.
The impact of driving a motor vehicle while distracted is well documented, but there is very little data about the impact of cyclists who bike-and-text. It is presently legal to text-message while riding your bike in NYC, a practice that some legislators are aiming to end.
People who seek to end distracted driving often feel like they are fighting an uphill battle. Merely raising distracted driving awareness may not be enough, as the latest gadgets, like the iPhone 6, commonly divert motorists' attention despite their knowing that it is dangerous.
New York police officers have a difficult time citing motorists for unlawful acts of distracted driving. Typically, police have to catch the offender in the act to write a ticket, or cite them when they've learned that an auto accident was caused by a cellphone. But law enforcement isn't the only area of government struggling to make New York's texting ban impactful.
Auto Accidents involvng teens texting while driving have killed more than 3,000 teens compared with 2,700 who die as a result of alcohol. These shocking statistics involving distracted driving are based on a study recently released by Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park. If you text or use your cellphone and are in an auto accident you stand the chance of being responsible for the death or serious injury of another person. It may be a person in your car, another car or a pedestrian. It could also result in criminal prosecution. It just 'aint worth it. Stay alert and drive responsibly.
Auto accident was caused by a Medord man who was high on Xanax. His commerical pick-up truck killed a 71 year old woman.