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The Schenectady County Legislature has passed a local law to ban text messaging while driving effective March 1, 2009. Sponsored by Susan Savage, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature, the new law will carry a $150 fine per offense.
“This is an important public safety issue,” said Chair Savage. “Research has shown the dangers of driver distractions so it is important that we have legislation that will prevent a deadly accident before it happens. I also hope this will raise awareness to this dangerous and deadly behavior. Before the New York State seatbelt law, most drivers knew it was a good idea to wear one, but only 17 percent of drivers were motivated to change their old habits. Now, 89 percent of drivers in New York State wear their seatbelts.”
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