The state of New York announced on Monday it will be instituting so-called texting zones for drivers who just cannot wait to send an LOL or emoji to their BFF. There will be 91 zones at first, all of which will take advantage of existing rest areas, in a trial program instituted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (pictured above), as part of his continuing efforts to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the state's roads. "New York State is continuing to use every tool at its disposal to combat texting while driving," the governor said during a press conference. Naturally, the program will expand if drivers actually use the zones.

As AOL Autos reports, the zones are part of a larger push by the state to curb distracted driving, a move that truly began this summer when police were gifted with a lifted SUV. Rather than just looking brotastic - we're sure it did - it allowed police to see into the driver's seat and find the those that were using their phones while driving. The result was a 365-percent increase in tickets over the previous summer, although how much the crackdown actually did to discourage distracted driving remains open for debate.

Still, the idea of easy-on, easy-off zones for people to pull over and safely send a text looks, at least on paper, like a solid idea. We want to know what you think - will texting zones really keep people from texting and driving? If not, what do you think will finally get people to put their phones down? Let us know in Comments.


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      Cayman
      • 1 Year Ago
      What exactly is this? You mean they are going to let me stop at a rest stop and send a text message? Can't I do that already?
      ksrcm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really? I don't know why should I pay up for highway modifications because brain dead mouth breathers cannot put the phone down ... I say let them crash and die. Or mandate cell signal block in each vehicle - while allowing GPS signal to pass. Passengers who cannot live without texting for couple of hours can take a plane. Oh, wait ...
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ksrcm
        You can't let them crash and die if it takes innocent people with them. Regardless, I don't see the point of prettying rest zones just for phone users.
      Pj Taintz
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is a stupid idea, all this means is more money spent on ads, more money spent on signs and why? a rest area is a rest area! we dont need to designate a rest area a texting zone!! government waste at its fullest
      Trist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most of the younger crowd that is responsible for the most of the texting and driving are extremely impatient and inexperienced behind the wheel. If they would not wait to get to a safe spot to send a text, why would they wait until the next texting zone to pull over and text? Impatience is one of the reasons why people text and drive. Inexperienced drivers dread merging on and off the highway, I can see many people not using it just because of that. NYC drivers are the absolute worse.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      This has to be quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever heard, and of course it's going to cost tax payers money. I guess these jackasses aren't aware of these things called rest areas. Not only can you text at one, but you can also take a wiz, buy a snack, walk your dog, smoke a cigarette, take a nap, or hell even have a picnic. With that said, designating an area just for texting is just plain wasteful, and will accomplish absolutely nothing. And people wonder why our country is in such a mess?
      icon149
      • 1 Year Ago
      it'll cause people to reply to your text which means the conversation continues on the highway after you have left the zone. seems counterproductive.
        sforza209
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icon149
        That's exactly what I was thinking. People will test more while driving!
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't live in a state with a texting law. If a cop 'catches' you looking at your phone, how can they tell the difference between texting and chnaging the channel on Pandora?
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like an SNL sketch.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's a complete waste of money. People, unfortunately are going to do it anyway. Using a cell phone while driving (except for hands free devices) are ALREADY illegal in NY. All they have to do is ENFORCE the law you already have. Increase the fines substantially and add points and increase their insurance rates and that will help.
      malgu
      • 1 Year Ago
      This won't help, most drivers won't think twice about pulling over and texting, they would much rather wait till the car ride is over.. but instead of waiting, they will just keep texting and driving. It's a good idea in theory but I doubt will have significant benefits.. The only thing that would help would be higher fines and maybe even points on the license because texting and driving is much more dangerous than driving under the influence (proven fact).
      Alan
      • 1 Year Ago
      All NY did was "designate" already existing areas by posting signs. How much money was wasted by creating and posting signs? Another quality way to waste money by NY state.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      New York is such a Nanny State. A nanny for the people by the people I guess.
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