BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Year to year statistics show a startling increase in texting and driving offenses.
New Yorkers in 2013 were ticketed just over 55,000 times in 2013, and in 2014 that jumped up to just over 75,000. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo that represents a 35% increase in tickets.
Cuomo said that increase in tickets will eventually lead to safer roads, so he’s happy with the increase in tickets.
Last week New York State Troopers began an initiative to crack down on distracted driving that will last until Wednesday, April 15. The week-long crackdown on distracted driving is expected to hand out over 1,000 tickets.
A first time offense for texting and driving can cost about $450 and five points on a license.