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NYS Thruway Will Offer More Places to Pull Over and Text

Monday, September 23, 2013

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a continuing effort to combat texting while driving, says the state Thruway will offer more places to pull over and answer text messages or make cell phone calls.

Cuomo says the Thruway will have 91 new designated texting locations at rest stops, park and ride spots, and parking areas, to make it easier for people to resist the temptation to text while driving. All will be marked by new signage.

“And the signs will say ‘it can wait',” Cuomo said, making the announcement at the New Baltimore rest stop on the Thruway just south of Albany.  “Because that’s the whole message. It can wait.”

At the same time, more signs are going up to inform motorists of new penalties for texting and driving, five points on their driver’s license and a $150 fine.

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Comments [2]

Ben from NJ

I just looked up the press release myself since this article is rather scant on details. It appears these texting zones will, in fact, be nothing more than new signs for existing rest stops and parking areas...

Sep. 23 2013 07:38 PM
Ben from NJ

Are there actually going to be any new places to pull off the thruway to answer a text? Or are these new "texting zones" just going to be new signs next to rest stops and parking areas that already exist?

Sep. 23 2013 07:27 PM

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