Enforcement of New York’s Texting-While-Driving Law Depends on Where You Live

by emallernee | May 10th, 2011

There’s no doubt that using a cell phone or texting while driving is a country-wide phenomenon, but a new study shows that in New York it’s all over the map—literally—with parts of the state experiencing tough crackdowns while other areas take a lax attitude toward the offense.

The new information comes from The Journal’s Albany bureau, which recently reviewed the number of tickets dealt in each New York county for texting- and cell phone-related infractions.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has it on record that in 2010 nearly 332,000 tickets were issued across the state for using a cell phone without a hands-free device while only 3,200 tickets were given out for texting while driving.

The Journal‘s report unveiled a remarkable discrepancy amongst counties when it comes to the number of texting tickets issued. It’s not surprising that half of all texting tickets were doled out in New York City; however, in similarly sized New York counties the number of tickets was wildly different: 155 tickets in Erie County, 52 tickets in Monroe county, 53 tickets in Albany county, 126 tickets in Nassau county, 100 tickets in Westchester county, 31 tickets in Dutchess county, and 21 in Rockland county.

The law against texting while driving has been in effect in New York since 2009, while the cell phone law was enacted in 2001.

New York is one of only a few states to have a ban on texting while driving, though it’s not seen as a primary offense. This year, however, state lawmakers are working to make the law a primary offense.

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Do you think police need to be more forceful about implementing the bans on texting and cell phone use while driving?

If you or someone you know has been involved in a texting or cell phone-related New York car accident, the New York car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of William Mattar may be able to help.