Fact: You should never be driving and texting. For an added incentive, know that New York State Police are cracking down this week, so make sure to put your cell phones down while you’re out on the road. Operation Hang Up will be conducted state-wide starting today through April 29 and police will be keeping an extra eye out for people who are driving and texting, talking on their cell phones without a hands-free device or using other electronic items that distract drivers.
Here on Long Island, if you want to experience first-hand the dangers of driving and texting, visit the Health and Fitness Fair on May 19th (Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay) and take a “virtual ride” in a Distracted Driving Simulator. You will prove to yourself and others that as soon as you begin driving and texting, you’ll be able to see how your speed changes and you start to drift back and forth, among other changes to your driving performance. The message of the simulator is a powerful one that will show you exactly what happens in real life.
Text messaging is second nature to young people and they do it all the time. Sadly, there are times when the consequences of driving and texting can be deadly for the driver, passengers and other innocent parties. Parents, educate your children by allowing them to test out what can happen if they are driving and texting while in this safe environment – not while they are actually on the road.
Operation Hang Up is happening because enforcement against drivers using cell phones will not only keep the drivers safe, but will also help keep passengers, pedestrians and other drivers safe. Remember that if you are caught talking on your phone without a hands-free device while driving, you can get a ticket, fine and 3 points on your drivers license (and that is if you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else).
Stay safe – stop driving and texting!