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.