Distracted Driving

Traffic Safety Board
William Johnson, Administrator


The National Distracted Driving Enforcement : U Drive. U Text. U Pay” campaign  is designed to raise public awareness about the consequences of texting and driving, focusing on the message "If you're texting, you're not driving."  Join us in our commitment to drive phone-free by taking the pledge.

What is distracted driving?

It includes any type of behavior that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off driving.  All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Types include:

· Texting

· Using a cell phone or smartphone

· Eating and drinking

· Talking to passengers

· Grooming/putting on makeup

· Reading (including maps)

· Using a navigation system

· Watching a video, adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Text messaging is by far the most alarming distraction as it requires the drivers’ visual, manual, and cognitive attention.

New York State law prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices while their vehicle is in motion including: 

· Talking on a handheld mobile telephone

· Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages

· Viewing, taking, or transmitting images

· Playing games

A police officer may stop you if you are observed using a hand held device.  There are violation penalities and finesPenalties includes driver violation points and a fine. The fight to end distracted driving starts with you.

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