ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo continued the state's efforts to reduce distracted driving by unveiling special "Texting Zones" on Monday along the New York State Thruway and State Highways that will give motorists a pull-off area to park and use their mobile devices.
The governor announced 300 "Text Stop" signs will be placed along the New York State thruway. Cuomo says this is a creative way to remind drivers not to text and drive and that it can wait.
Cuomo reminds drivers, if you add up all the rest areas and services areas, there are 90 stops where you can pull over and text.
Cuomo says this initiative is another effort to change people's behaviors, just like putting on a seat belt when getting in your car.
"We change the behavior with seat belts, we changed it with alcohol in the car. We can change it with texting and driving. The faster we change the behavior the more lives we will save," he said.
Drivers who get pulled over for texting while driving face up to five points on their license and $150 in fines.