As all New Yorkers know, it is illegal state wide to use your phone while driving, except for hands free devices. But yesterday NY State Senate passed a law requiring all police to note whether a cell phone was in use at the time of the accident. The intention of this law is to allow the state to collect data on the dangers of cell phone use while driving, but it may end up making a difference in the liability of drivers in accidents.
An excerpt from the NY Senate’s Press Release (PDF File):
(Albany, NY) New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky today passed legislation that would require police to note whether drivers involved in a motor vehicle accident were using a cell phone at the time of the crash.
New York State only permits hands free cell phones while driving but numerous studies show that the devices can distract drivers, which can be a factor in vehicle accidents. Records show that sending text messages while driving was a factor in a 2007 crash that killed five girls from the Rochester area when their SUV collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. A 2007 study by the San Diego State University School of Public Health showed that using a cell phone while driving quadruples the risk of a collision and multiplies the risk of a fatality nine-fold.
One can only hope this will open people’s eyes to the danger they pose to themselves and others when they aren’t focused on driving.
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