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Texting Zones created along NYS highways

ALBANY - The NYS Thruway and State highways are becoming safer with the addition of 'texting zones'.

Governor Coumo announced Monday the creation of places along the  New York State Thruway and state highways that will give motorists a pull-off area to park and use their mobile devices.

Governor Coumo says that in comparison to the summer of 2012, the summer of 2013 had an increase in tickets issued by 365% totaling 21,580 tickets.

In 2012 5,208 were issued in the summer months.

New York State is continuing to use every tool at its disposal to combat texting-while-driving, Governor Cuomo said. In addition to tougher penalties, new detection methods for State Police and ongoing public outreach efforts, we are now launching special Texting Zones to allow motorists to pull over and use their phones. These Zones will be identified with signs along the Thruway and State Highways, reminding drivers that there is a nearby opportunity for them to legally and safely use their phone. With this new effort, we are sending a clear message to drivers that there is no excuse to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road because your text can wait until the next Texting Zone.

There are 91 texting zones and a total of 298 signs to assist drivers and keep the roads and highways safe.

Text Alert locations PDF File