they should look at some of their own. i've been seeing alot of police cruisers with the driver talking away on their phones?
State Police on lookout for drivers talking on cell phones over holiday weekend
Submitted by Howard Owens on November 24, 2011 - 1:26pm
Major Christopher L. Cummings, Troop “A” commander, today announced that during the Thanksgiving Holiday, the New York State Police will continue with a specialized traffic enforcement campaign called OPERATION HANG UP, targeting motorists who use their cell phone and other electronic devices while driving in the Troop “A” area.
Cell phone use and texting while driving continue to proliferate despite widespread public concern and acknowledgement that the behaviors are dangerous. They support widespread increased enforcement.
Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that drivers who use hand-held devices (phones, Blackberries, etc.) are four times more likely to be involved in crashes that are serious enough to cause injuries. At average highway speeds, in three seconds you will travel the length of a football field. The State Police will be utilizing a new resource to enforce these types of violations.
A Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicle will be deployed throughout this holiday weekend and the near future. This unmarked police vehicle is fully equipped with emergency lighting and other traffic enforcement resources. The primary mission of this vehicle is to easily blend in with traffic and to cite dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving. Major Cummings encourages all motorists to “Keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”
Thanksgiving signifies the start of the holiday travel season and traffic volumes are expected to be heavy during this holiday weekend. This increases the risk of highway crashes for everyone. Major Cummings noted that State Troopers in Western New York will be stepping up traffic enforcement during this holiday period to prevent needless highway tragedies.
Troopers throughout the Western New York region will be deployed in various enforcement capacities such as DWI saturations, roving patrols and stationary checkpoints. Troopers will be cognizant for drivers using cell phones as well as other electronic devices. Of course, speeders, impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and other traffic violators will also be cited, where appropriate.
Violators who are ticketed for distracted driving violations face a maximum fine of $100, along with a mandatory $60 surcharge and possibly points on their driver's record depending on the violation.
Mark the law allows them to use cell phones while driving when on duty.
WHAT EVER!! LOL!! LOL!!
Pity the poor driver, last-minute dash to the store, who's significant other forgot one item on the Thanksgiving shopping list...
I can't count the number of times we've seen cars swerving on the Thruway and see someone texting or talking on a cell phone. Also, we've nearly been hit by drivers several times while they are talking or texting. If you need to answer a call or make a call.....PULL OVER!!! Don't endanger other drivers. Remember the days when we got along without cell phones? I like my cell phone too, but not well enough to get into an accident.
Amen Janice. They should put a jammer in cars that will not allow you to text while the car is in drive. I do not believe that talking on a cell phone is as major of an issue as texting. Texting requires you to look at your phone and focuses more on typing. The only time calling someone is dangerous is when you take you eyes off the road to dial the number but, most phones should have voice activated calling features.
When I am in a patrol car, its amazing when I pull over someone and asked didn't you see me back there. Their answer more than often was no or they randomly pick an location you may be at. I know there are a lot of motorcyclist out there that will agree that most of the idiots that pull in front of you are texting. Had more of them than elderly people cut me off.
My older Brother got into a serious MVA last month because a young woman on her cell phone drifted into his lane and he had to take corrected action to prevent a head on accident. It will be months before he totally heals up.
Sorry to hear that TP. Was she texting or talking?