Orchard Park, NY (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped in Orchard Park Thursday in an attempt to draw attention to newly signed legislation designed to crack down on texting while driving. The legislation will make texting a primary offense and violators face a $150 fine and 3 points on their license. The law went into effect Tuesday, but the Governor ceremoniously signed the law at Erie Community College's South Campus Thursday and was joined by law enforcement, lawmakers, and mother Kelly Cline. Cline lost her son AJ Larson in 2007 to a texting related crash. State officials also thanked Cline for her determination to get this tougher law on the books.
"I had to do something, and I fought for this" said Cline. "To have this (law) happen is a beautiful thing."
Before this law, texting was only a secondary traffic offense and police were unable to pull over a vehicle unless the driver violated another law. This new legislation now allows officers to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity.
"Its common sense. Put the devise down," said Cuomo. "Focus on driving. Sometimes you need a law and law enforcement to remind us of what should be common sense."