State Police are cracking down on speeding and distracted driving. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny has more about the initiative aimed at making our roads and highways safer.
NEW YORK STATE -- According to New York State Police, speeding is the number one cause of deaths on roads and highways in New York every year. When those statistics are combined with the dangers of distracted driving, troopers say everyone is at risk.
"You're taking a risk of basically injuring or killing another person just because you're going to make a phone call or send a text message," said Trooper Jason Lewis.
As the number of accidents are increasing, New York State Police are putting the brakes on speeding and distracted driving by beefing up their patrols across the state.
"We're out here to advise and alert the motorists that distracted drivers driving is serious," said Lewis.
Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state lawmakers enacted stricter penalties for drivers who were caught texting or talking on their cell phones. The penalty is a $150 dollar fine and five points on your license.
"If you want to make a quick call it takes 30 seconds to pull over, advise the other party you're going to be late and then get back on the road and continue your trip," said Lewis.
According to State Police, using any electronic device while driving, whether it's a GPS, iPod or cell phone is considered distracted driving, and also will result in a ticket and points on your license.
"A young kid or a grown up sees what the consequences are I think it’s definitely taking it to heart," noted Lewis.
State Police said they will also be looking out for impaired drivers, people not wearing their seat belts and drivers who violate the state's Move Over Law.