When Governor Cuomo pushed through his tougher texting-while-driving legislation last year he said it would be “enforced aggressively” and he wasn’t kidding. A year later the number of tickets issued for the crime has soared from 4,569 between July 12, 2010 and July 12, 2011 to 20,958 in the same period last year. The jump in the five boroughs alone is even more impressive.

The law allows police to pull over drivers specifically for texting. A law in 2009 made texting a secondary infraction, meaning police could only issue a ticket if a driver was pulled over for another offense, such as erratic driving.

Police have said that the change has allowed them to more aggressive enforce the law. The law also increased the penalty for using a handheld device while driving from two to three points on a license.

In one year the number of tickets written in NYC for texting-while driving jumped from 1,996 to 11,387! But the NYPD doesn’t seem to be ticketing equally for the crime, as the jump was much higher in some places. For example? In Brooklyn the number of tickets issued went from 540 to 3,234…while in Staten Island the number barely budged, going from 157 to 205. The borough with the most tickets issued was Manhattan, where the number increased from 807 to 3,714.

The Governor seems to think that the increase in tickets issued “demonstrates [the harsher law's] usefulness in helping our law enforcement authorities crack down hard on distracted driving.”

Posted By: @BrookLynnDiva

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