|By Shelly Palmer||
|December 3, 2013 03:01 AM EST||
Texting and driving is a really dumb idea, and New York has a new idea how to stop people from doing it. The state recently rolled out 32 tall, unmarked SUVs to police officers, giving them a better line of sight at drivers’ hands to catch them in the act. Catching distracted drivers talking on their phones is easy, but officers have a tougher time determining if those drivers are distracted because of texting. Patrolling in taller cars should help them enforce the law better than ever. This move is the latest in a string of crackdowns against texting while driving by New York, which created “Texting Zones” for you to pull over and text from a safe spot. The state also made the penalties more severe for being caught in the act: texting while driving now carries a five point penalty for your license and a fine of up to $200. So next time you’re out for a drive, remember: texting can wait.