New York state is planning pull-over texting "zones" on some of its highways to reduce driving accidents. Should cities follow suit?
This week, New York's governor announced a plan to put "texting zones" on state highways. It got me thinking about whether cities need to do the same.
First, a bit about the news: In an effort to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the roads of New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo revealed a plan to put "texting zones" on the New York State Thruway and state highways, where drivers can pull over and respond to text messages. This is, in part, a response to the fact that New York has seen a 365% increase in tickets issued to distracted drivers between the summers of 2012 and 2013 (In 2013, 16,027 people were pulled over for talking on cellphones, and 5,553 for texting, as compared to 4,284 and 924, respectively, in 2012).
As Cuomo said in a statement, "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."
However, there's something about Cuomo's plan that bugs me -- mainly that, in a way, it caves to the compulsion drivers have to text while behind the wheel. The rule-compliant person in me wants to say that it's ridiculous that we should have to designate space to people who can't obey the laws.
Then again, that kind of attitude isn't going to save lives.
Furthermore, unlike the state highways in New York, cities now have to contend with a new breed of "drivers," or vehicle operators, including cyclists, skateboarders, and motor scooter drivers -- all of whom could do harm to themselves and others by combining those activities with texting. And if you think no one would be stupid enough to text while riding a skateboard, then you weren't in Manhattan on Sunday, where I saw a young man doing just that while rapidly rolling down 2nd Avenue (without wearing a helmet, naturally).
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