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Statewide Distracted Driving Enforcement and Education Campaign Announced

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Yesterday, the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) announced the start date for a statewide crackdown on distracted driving, but also an opportunity to provide education and raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.


The campaign will include both state and local law enforcement agencies and will begin on Monday, April 1st through the 8th. The campaign will take place during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the GTSC, distracted driving is the most common contributor for all crashes within the state.

“As the first state in the nation to prohibit cell phone use while driving, we know the importance of education and enforcement through this campaign,” New York Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said. “Distracted driving is 100 percent preventable yet it happens every day and contributes to more crashes than anything else on our roadways. Our message is simple—when you’re behind the wheel, your job is to keep your eyes on the road and nothing else.”

Last year’s campaign had over 70,000 tickets issued for vehicle and traffic violations, including over 2,600 for distracted driving itself.

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