Police say a Dryden man was on his cell phone when he veered off the roadway yesterday (October 14) evening and sheared a National Grid pole on North Main Street in the village of Homer.
Chief Bob Pitman says 19-year-old Wesley Floor of Dryden was traveling north just before 6:00 when he went off the right shoulder and struck the pole near Rob San Drive and Stacy Lane.
The accident brought down several wires and knocked out power for hundreds in the area, as well.
Floor was issued tickets for his violations and treated at Guthrie Cortland for non-life threatening injuries.
Utility crews were able to restore power to most of the affected residents by 8 p.m. However, there were numerous others who experienced outages for several hours afterwards.
The latest restorations were reported to have been completed just before 1:30 a.m.
The accident comes less than a week after NYSEG and Triple-A announced a joint partnership to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving.
Recent surveying found nearly half of all drivers admitted to recently talking on hand-held phones, with another 35% reporting to have sent a text or email while driving.
The companies jointly urge drivers to increase their awareness on the road and resist the urge to use devices that require you to take your eyes off of it. More on that here.