Albany, N.Y.--The New York State Senate has approved legislation aimed at trying to prevent the thousands of deaths occurring on the nation’s highways as the result of what some are calling an epidemic of drivers who send text messages while behind the wheel.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced today that construction is under way on a $31 million project that will build six bridges on Route 15 in the Town of Lindley, Steuben County. This is the second and final phase of a project that will complete the final five-mile stretch of future Interstate 99, connecting Corning, N.Y., to Williamsport, Pa.
[Read more in today's Corning Leader, attached below]
NYSDOT Assistant Commissioner Rod Sechrist and Acting Regional Director Brian Kelly joined with state and local officials this morning at the project site along the future interstate highway, to celebrate the start of this final phase of the project.
Late last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers, effective immediately, and proposed new penalties for texting-while-driving for young and new drivers.
Additionally, the governor has directed the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban. According to the governor's office, it will mean more checkpoints and troopers patrolling on the roads across the state throughout the summer.