New York State Police plan to use 32 SUVs that are tall and unmarked to check up on texting drivers.
Police will use the SUVs to look down into drivers’ vehicles to check and see if they have their hands on their cellphones while driving. The new SUVs are only part of New York’s war on texting and driving. The state is also including stricter fines for those caught texting while driving and plans to add “Texting Zones” along highways for drivers who need to stop and look at their phones. Texting and driving can result in a $200 fine in New York, reports Time.
“To our knowledge, New York is the first,” Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, told Fox News regarding the texting zones. “It’s an intriguing approach and one that we think will pay dividends and be duplicated in other states.”