Drivers who text targeted in new state legislation

The state Senate passed a bill last week that will make fines tougher for those who are caught sending text messages while driving, a law that is expected to pass in the Assembly as easy as it did in the Senate.

The new law would allow police officers in New York to pull someone over simply for sending a text while driving, something that they were previously unable to do. If the bill becomes law, it would add two points to the license of anyone who is caught sending an unlawful text, along with a $150 fine.

Studies have shown that 20 percent of all deadly crashes are the result of drivers who are somehow distracted while they are on the road. Texting while driving has also been found to be more dangerous than driving while drinking alcohol or while high on marijuana.

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