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N.Y. State Police Using SUVs to Spot Texting Drivers

November 25, 2013  | 

The New York State Police are now using 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to spot drivers who are texting while behind the wheel, the Associated Press reports.

New York is among 41 states that ban text messaging for all drivers and is among only 12 that prohibit using hand-held cellphones. The state this year stiffened penalties for motorists caught using hand-held devices to talk or text, increasing penalty points on the driving record from three to five, along with tickets that carry fines of up to $200.

With the tough new penalties came tougher enforcement. In a two-month crackdown this summer, troopers handed out 5,553 tickets for texting while driving, compared to 924 in the same period last year.

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CT LEO RET @ 11/25/2013 8:19 PM

When did New York state repeal it's law that makes it illegal for "routine" traffic stops to be made by officers operating unmarked police vehicles? I believe Gov. Pataki signed that into law some years ago.

Kevin @ 11/26/2013 12:04 PM

Another Draconian NY law and a waste of LEO and judicial resources.

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