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New York - Texting Ban While Driving Begins Today

Published on: November 1, 2009 10:37 AM
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New York - New York’s ban on texting or otherwise using portable electronic devices while driving goes into effect on Sunday.

State officials say the goal is to reduce accidents from distracted driving.

The new law, however, is considered a secondary offense, meaning the driver must have committed a primary offense—such as speeding, disobeying a traffic signal or other violation—in order to receive a ticket.

The law doesn’t forbid the use of GPS devices and you can still use hands-free phones.

Violators face fines of up to $150.


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 Nov 01, 2009 at 11:10 AM Anonymous Says:

they should ban pedestrians texting while in crosswalk!

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 11:15 AM A. Nuran Says:

Good. It is insanely dangerous. Anyone who texts while driving shows a criminal disregard for the lives of others and felonious stupidity.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 11:19 AM Anonymous Says:

You're gonna see much less comments on this blog now ,oy vey . BTW this is a great law that is well overdue

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 11:32 AM Land of the Free Says:

Another infringement on our liberty and freedom for the purpose of raising revenue and lining the pockets of the corrupt politicians.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 11:41 AM m r Says:

cant give my u my comment im driving!

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 12:32 PM Anonymous Says:

I like this law but I really hope they won't abuse it because even the cell phone law is abused terribly, meaning they give u tickets when in fact u didn't talk on ur phone. Its very hard to fight tickets like that.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 12:20 PM ch Says:

a law without any teeth. how are they to enforce it when a primary offence must be committed first?

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 12:12 PM Anonymous Says:

the the goal is, bloomberg to make more $$$ ,im not saying its not danger"s but when u look over all the pict. its all about ticketing u $$$$ "VOTE OUT BLOOMBERG"

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 12:49 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

the the goal is, bloomberg to make more $$$ ,im not saying its not danger"s but when u look over all the pict. its all about ticketing u $$$$ "VOTE OUT BLOOMBERG"

You are very very wrong. The goal is to get people to stop doing it. its a deterrent. if you dont want to get fined for doing something that DOES indeed put others in danger, then just dont DO IT!

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 12:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Baruch Hashem! as a pedestrian, i cant tell you how many times i have almost suffered at the hands of idiot drivers looking at their fones instead of the road. it happened just last night, some young yeshiva guy stalled in a crosswalk while playing with his farshtukineh cellphone

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 01:18 PM marhak Says:

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Anonymous Says:

the the goal is, bloomberg to make more $$$ ,im not saying its not danger"s but when u look over all the pict. its all about ticketing u $$$$ "VOTE OUT BLOOMBERG"

no your 1000 % wrong bloomie is doing it for your own good it may look bad but the end it is great

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 01:16 PM true Says:

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Anonymous Says:

they should ban pedestrians texting while in crosswalk!

100% agree u cant do 2 things at once either you cross or you text

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 01:23 PM Anonymous Says:

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Land of the Free Says:

Another infringement on our liberty and freedom for the purpose of raising revenue and lining the pockets of the corrupt politicians.

I hope that we can find more ways of "infringing on your liberty" since you obviously lack the sachel to exercise such liberty without threatening the lives of others. I'm hoping you will be among the first jailed for violating this law if you actually believe you have the right to threaten others' safety in the name of "liberty".

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 12:50 PM Anonymous Says:

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Land of the Free Says:

Another infringement on our liberty and freedom for the purpose of raising revenue and lining the pockets of the corrupt politicians.

WRONG WRONG WRONG
Its about our safety! i dont drive, i walk and drivers and the most inconsdierante unsafe people on the planet. we walkers outnumber drivers in this city 500 to 1 and you people infringe on our civil liberty and safety every hour of every day by being careless selfish morons who care only about yourselves.
BAruch hashem for bloomberg and these laws

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 01:47 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You are very very wrong. The goal is to get people to stop doing it. its a deterrent. if you dont want to get fined for doing something that DOES indeed put others in danger, then just dont DO IT!

You are correct, if you don't want to pay high water bills just don't take a bath.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 02:37 PM gregaaron Says:

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ch Says:

a law without any teeth. how are they to enforce it when a primary offence must be committed first?

It won't be too hard. Do you drive exactly at the speed limit - like, not even 3 MPH over? If so, they can get you. (If not, please don't drive in front of me.) Broken headlight? They can stop you for that too (as I found out the hard way). If they want to pull you over, they'll find an excuse to.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 03:26 PM Fourmore Years Says:

I am embarassed to be associated with som many people who fail to see the good in asuch a measure. if it bothers you so much the very simple thing to do is to be a courteous and safe drivier and not do things like texting while driving which has cost people their lives. watch dsome of the dramatic videos to understand. you think the city does this to raise revenue? GOOD you deserve to pay a knas for not only being stupid, but by being selfish inconsiderate person who has a a DIN ROTZEIACH.
if you sdont want to get a ticekt and pay money to the city, all you have to do is obey the rules which are there for your own safety as well. Unimarthem meod es nafshoseichem.
dont be an idiot.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You are correct, if you don't want to pay high water bills just don't take a bath.

how can you compare? what does one have to do with the other? are you really that dense?

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 02:56 PM Anonymous Says:

if you are allowed to make a call on speaker then how do they know you are not doing just that?? not texting...

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 06:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

if you are allowed to make a call on speaker then how do they know you are not doing just that?? not texting...

it doesnt matter what you are doing if you are holding looking and pressing buttons on a device other than the automobile you are simultaneously operating.
and in court, you can access the phone records to prove or disprove any claim anyway

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 08:19 PM Anonymous Says:

there are many things that are done while driving that shouldnt be . i have seen men shaving , women putting on makeup.
people eating with a fork or spoon. if they hold the container with one hand and the fork with the other, what are they driving with?
smoking should be illegal when driving as well.

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 07:28 PM Anonymous Says:

this is a great law . i can just tell you that loads of bus drivers both city, interstate and school bus drivers will be hit big time for this . there is no excuse for it

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 07:22 PM sales man Says:

Its ridicules its unbelievable how money hungry this mayor is. I work all day in the car I eat breakfast drink my coffee reading and sending emails talking on the phone and use my knees to hold and steer the steering wheel. Before I start writing or reading I would assume how far the car in front of me is and accordingly adjust my speed and with law I won't be able to work and waste a lot of time people should have a choice in living their life

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 Nov 01, 2009 at 11:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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sales man Says:

Its ridicules its unbelievable how money hungry this mayor is. I work all day in the car I eat breakfast drink my coffee reading and sending emails talking on the phone and use my knees to hold and steer the steering wheel. Before I start writing or reading I would assume how far the car in front of me is and accordingly adjust my speed and with law I won't be able to work and waste a lot of time people should have a choice in living their life

Yeah, maybe you have correctly estimated how far away the car in front is, etc, bully for you -- but while you are busy driving your car with your knees and are distracted with your SO important phone call, thinking that you are safe because you have estimated the distance, "accordingly adjusted" your speed, etc., what happens if the idiot driving the opposite way across the double-yellow line (i.e., coming toward you) is busy drving with HIS knees what he makes HIS oh-so-important phone call and does not adequately control his vehicle and starts to come right toward you? Even if he is driving only 30 mph, he is traveling at 44 feet per second, so you have perhaps a split-second to realize he is coming towards you, realize that you had better do something about it and quickly, drop your cellphone, grab the wheel and turn away from the oncoming car and do it safely (there may be other cars in front or along side you that you'd have to avoid hitting as well) -- and frankly, I don't think you'd be up to it. Safe driving does not only invove operating your vehicle safely -- it also involves being alert to any sudden, unusual changes in the situation so you can dodge the other guy.

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