State lawmakers are holding a hearing today that looks at the growing problem of distracted driving and ways the state could crack down on it.
“We’ve all seen cars swerving and driving erratically because the driver is paying more attention to a phone call, a text message or email instead of the road,” said Senate Transportation Committee chairman Charles Fuschillo, R-Nassau County. “This can have deadly consequences, as we know.”
The state last year toughened texting-while-driving laws, making it a primary offense and three points on a driver’s license. The new law led to a surge in texting-while-driving tickets late last year.
Here’s the hearing. Among those testifying are Christopher Hart of the National Transportation Safety Board; Barbara Fiala, state DMV commissioner; and State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.