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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    I thought that is what all the drones are for.

    I would have to say that among the most pressing issues in our nation, is that people aren't ticketed and arrested enough, and when they are the fines are way to low and jail time too short.

    It is inexcusable that drivers aren't required to have a video camera in their vehicles watching and listening to everything they are doing and saying. They could be plotting a terrorist attack and we wouldn't even know it. And why anyone can start a car without blowing into a breathalyzer is totally outrageous failure of government to do it's job.

    People forget what the American Revolution was about. It was that the King of England wasn't policing people enough. The colonists wanted a government that will take charge of people's lives and behavior. That's where the slogan "Give me laws or give me death" came from.
    Absolutely! If a citizen would dare to use their personal communication device in an unapproved manner then they might also remove mattress tags or keep their medications in non-child proof containers. We need more nannies, since the people have no regard for our 100K+ laws. After three such offenses then the hardened criminal should be placed on a giant hamster wheel and forced to jog, creating "green"' energy, for not less than 20 years.
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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Right. We don't need tickets and courts, just let the officers destroy property and administer street beatings. Its all implied in the "living document" called the constitution.
    Meh, common sense, justice and law are often different things. Just my knee jerk reaction to real jerks. Of course my real solution is to ticket the offenders and then penalize them by removing their licence for at least a year.

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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (AP) -- Even for a state trooper, it's not easy to spot drivers who are texting. Their smartphones are down on their laps, not at their ears. And they're probably not moving their lips.

    That's why New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to better peer down at drivers' hands, part of one of the nation's most aggressive attacks on texting while driving that also includes steeper penalties and dozens of highway "Texting Zones," where motorists can pull over to use their devices.

    "Look at that," Trooper Clayton Howell says, pulling alongside a black BMW while patrolling the highways north of New York City. "This guy's looking down. I can see his thumb on the phone. I think we got him."

    After a quick wail of the siren and a flash of the tucked-away flashers, an accountant from the suburbs is pulled over and politely given a ticket.

    New York is among 41 states that ban text messaging for all drivers and is among only 12 that prohibit using hand-held cellphones. The state this year stiffened penalties for motorists caught using hand-held devices to talk or text, increasing penalty points on the driving record from three to five, along with tickets that carry fines of up to $200.

    With the tough new penalties came tougher enforcement. In a two-month crackdown this summer, troopers handed out 5,553 tickets for texting while driving, compared to 924 in the same period last year.

    News from The Associated Press
    I think texting while driving is extremely dangerous - at the same time I don't really like the idea of all that money spent just to spy on drivers when there is real crime out there.

    IMO, those who text and drive are epic morons and the cops that are driving around trolling the roads for those who text and drive are in the same boat...

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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    What about large groups of cars driving slower?
    that generally means there is LE in the pack or just ahead of them

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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Nick View Post
    I think texting while driving is extremely dangerous - at the same time I don't really like the idea of all that money spent just to spy on drivers when there is real crime out there.

    IMO, those who text and drive are epic morons and the cops that are driving around trolling the roads for those who text and drive are in the same boat...
    I understand what you are saying, but I feel better with pill popping truck drivers than I do with texting teenagers

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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    What about large groups of cars driving slower?
    I called bull**** the moment he started going on about radars and reflectors.
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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (AP) -- Even for a state trooper, it's not easy to spot drivers who are texting. Their smartphones are down on their laps, not at their ears. And they're probably not moving their lips.

    That's why New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to better peer down at drivers' hands, part of one of the nation's most aggressive attacks on texting while driving that also includes steeper penalties and dozens of highway "Texting Zones," where motorists can pull over to use their devices.

    "Look at that," Trooper Clayton Howell says, pulling alongside a black BMW while patrolling the highways north of New York City. "This guy's looking down. I can see his thumb on the phone. I think we got him."

    After a quick wail of the siren and a flash of the tucked-away flashers, an accountant from the suburbs is pulled over and politely given a ticket.

    New York is among 41 states that ban text messaging for all drivers and is among only 12 that prohibit using hand-held cellphones. The state this year stiffened penalties for motorists caught using hand-held devices to talk or text, increasing penalty points on the driving record from three to five, along with tickets that carry fines of up to $200.

    With the tough new penalties came tougher enforcement. In a two-month crackdown this summer, troopers handed out 5,553 tickets for texting while driving, compared to 924 in the same period last year.

    News from The Associated Press
    Let's see - $50,000 x 32 divided by number of tickets = long, long, long payback for the NY Gestapo.

    Morons. Obviously no comprehension of ROI.
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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    Let's see - $50,000 x 32 divided by number of tickets = long, long, long payback for the NY Gestapo.

    Morons. Obviously no comprehension of ROI.
    Bet they ticket for other offenses too.

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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (AP) -- Even for a state trooper, it's not easy to spot drivers who are texting. Their smartphones are down on their laps, not at their ears. And they're probably not moving their lips.

    That's why New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to better peer down at drivers' hands, part of one of the nation's most aggressive attacks on texting while driving that also includes steeper penalties and dozens of highway "Texting Zones," where motorists can pull over to use their devices.

    "Look at that," Trooper Clayton Howell says, pulling alongside a black BMW while patrolling the highways north of New York City. "This guy's looking down. I can see his thumb on the phone. I think we got him."

    After a quick wail of the siren and a flash of the tucked-away flashers, an accountant from the suburbs is pulled over and politely given a ticket.

    New York is among 41 states that ban text messaging for all drivers and is among only 12 that prohibit using hand-held cellphones. The state this year stiffened penalties for motorists caught using hand-held devices to talk or text, increasing penalty points on the driving record from three to five, along with tickets that carry fines of up to $200.

    With the tough new penalties came tougher enforcement. In a two-month crackdown this summer, troopers handed out 5,553 tickets for texting while driving, compared to 924 in the same period last year.

    News from The Associated Press
    I'm all for it. Let them be afraid...very afraid. A texting driver is worse than a drunk.

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    Re: NY troopers in big SUVs peer in on texting drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (AP) -- Even for a state trooper, it's not easy to spot drivers who are texting. Their smartphones are down on their laps, not at their ears. And they're probably not moving their lips.

    That's why New York has given state police 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to better peer down at drivers' hands, part of one of the nation's most aggressive attacks on texting while driving that also includes steeper penalties and dozens of highway "Texting Zones," where motorists can pull over to use their devices.

    "Look at that," Trooper Clayton Howell says, pulling alongside a black BMW while patrolling the highways north of New York City. "This guy's looking down. I can see his thumb on the phone. I think we got him."

    After a quick wail of the siren and a flash of the tucked-away flashers, an accountant from the suburbs is pulled over and politely given a ticket.

    New York is among 41 states that ban text messaging for all drivers and is among only 12 that prohibit using hand-held cellphones. The state this year stiffened penalties for motorists caught using hand-held devices to talk or text, increasing penalty points on the driving record from three to five, along with tickets that carry fines of up to $200.

    With the tough new penalties came tougher enforcement. In a two-month crackdown this summer, troopers handed out 5,553 tickets for texting while driving, compared to 924 in the same period last year.

    News from The Associated Press
    How much money is spent buying cops these nice new "spy on you" cars?
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