DA says smartphones should block texting behind wheel, wants insurance discounts for such devices
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A New York prosecutor unveiled a program Monday to prevent motorists from texting and driving and is calling on smartphone makers and insurance companies to join her in offering incentives to obey the law.
In a press conference and press release, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said texting and driving is just as dangerous as drunken driving and more common among young people. She urged smartphone makers to incorporate technology in their devices that prevents users from texting behind the wheel and is asking major insurance companies to offer discounted rates for those whose devices include such technology or third-party apps that block texting and driving, according to Newsday.
Rice said her office will seek sentences that require such blocking technology for individuals convicted of any offense involving a texting violation and is also asking law enforcement officers to cite motorists for violating the law against texting, even when the motorists are already facing more serious charges, such as reckless driving.
Rice said her recommendations “can save lives and should be considered without delay.”