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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cell Phone Raid in NYC

If you happen to be pulled over in New York City for using your cell phone while driving then you can expect a ticket and fine worth up to $120. It’s illegal to use your phone and drive at the same time in New York. NYPD hit the cell phone lottery to the tune of just over a million bucks for 24 hours worth of intense law enforcement by nailing over 9,000 offenders. You can check the whole story out over at the New York Post.

If you pull out your trusty made in China calculator, the city on average tickets 535 people per day for breaking the very same law. That works out to just about twenty-three million bucks a year in fines. I wonder what percentage that works out to be for the NYPD annual budget? Now I’m also wondering what happens to all the support people that follow Verizon subscribers around when they get pulled over? Do they scatter and hide at the first audible scream of “Cops”?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favor of banning cell phone use while driving. Far too often I’ve seen people forget that the main objective is steering their one to two ton bullet while talking on the phone, applying makeup, eating a meal to go and sipping a coffee. Driving a car is dangerous enough without any distractions even under the best of circumstances.


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Blogger sue said...

NJ has the same law, but do you think people obey it? NO! If you are driving down the highway going the speed limit (or above!), and someone is in front of you going slow in the fast lane, you can bet your booty the girl is on her cell!! Yup she is! LOL!! In all seriousness, it really is a danger to talk and drive at the same time!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I kid you not Sue, my babies faced the cell phone gauntlet every single day at their afternoon school bus stop. People heading out of the city, thinking they were on the outskirts and free and clear to knee drive. One after another would blow through the school bus lights at a very busy intersection every single day. Local police finally set up a daily sting and traffic enforcement. Eventually, we had the bus stop moved back about two hundred yards and that move has saved my baby girls lives!

7:07 PM  

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