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NY highway signs to direct drivers to “text stops”

NY highway signs to direct drivers to “text stops”

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.

Governor 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.

With increased enforcement this summer, state police issued 21,580 tickets for distracted driving, including talking or texting on a cell phone.

In the summer of 2012, 5,208 tickets were issued.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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