New Yorks New Anti Texting Signs

09.24.13 | Bob Price

New York's Thruway and other major state highways are getting nearly 300 new signs directing drivers to "text stops" as part of a campaign against distracted driving. The blue signs have messages like "It can wait, text stop 5 miles." They refer to 91 "texting zones" at existing rest stops, parking pull-offs and park-and-ride lots.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the initiative on Monday. His spokesman had no immediate estimate of the signs' cost.  Cuomo signed a bill into law in July that boosted the penalty for texting and driving from three to five points on a license. He signed another bill increasing license suspension and revocation periods for young and new drivers convicted of distracted driving.  Troopers have been using unmarked SUVs to ferret out drivers who are texting and driving. The vehicles have platforms higher than an average vehicle, allowing officers greater ability to see what other drivers are doing.