Crackdown on Texting While Driving

by Associated Press
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Man texting behind the wheel.
Jason Weaver, flickr

Drivers could possibly get stopped and ticketed for texting while driving.

The New York Assembly has passed legislation that allows police to stop and ticket motorists for texting and driving.

Under the bill, police would be able to stop drivers for that offense alone.

Using a portable electronic device while at the wheel of a moving vehicle is currently a secondary offense, which means that a person shouldn't be pulled over solely for driving while texting. Instead, it's tacked on to another offense like speeding.

The Senate passed the bill last month. Violators could face $150 fines and two points on their licenses.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a similar bill, calling distracted driving "a lethal activity."

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