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By:      Alison De Villiers

By now, we are all aware of the dangers of texting and driving.  However, rarely a day goes by where I do not see another driver slowly drifting into another lane of traffic only to discover that he or she is texting.  The National Safety Council estimates that the risk of crashing increases between 8 to 23 times when a driver is texting.

In an effort to cut down on texting and driving, and also serve as a public relations campaign against texting and driving, New York is instituting texting rest stops.  These “texting zones” are to encourage drivers that are tempted to text while they drive to pull off the road quickly and conveniently.  There will be 91 rest stops and other parking areas along state highways with more than 300 signs directing motorists to the text zones.  The signage also indicates “It Can Wait” reminding drivers of the number of miles before the next texting location.

While no such texting zones currently exist in Ohio, it is a good reminder to drivers that no text is so important that they cannot take the time to pull off to the side of the road to avoid sending it while driving.  Distracted driving is a major cause of automobile collisions and is completely avoidable.