Monday, September 8, 2008

White Planes, NY - Suburban NY county bans texting while driving

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Westchester County is banning text messaging while driving.

The county Legislature voted 17-0 on Monday to prohibit texting by motorists.

Legislator Bill Burton says the bill would especially benefit younger, less experienced drivers, who are more likely to use text messaging.

Suffolk County, also in the New York City suburbs, has passed a similar measure, and New York City has a bill pending. The states of Alaska, Minnesota, New Jersey and Washington also have banned texting while driving.

County Executive Andrew Spano's office says he will sign the bill, which will go into effect six months later.

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