New York police cracked down on drivers distracted by their smartphones this past summer to the tune of a 365 percent increase (compared to summer 2012) in the number of tickets issued for texting while driving. Because the epidemic shows no sign of deceleration, New York is trying a different approach by designating rest stops along highways as "texting zones."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the new project Monday. It will consist of installing nearly 300 blue signs across 91 rest stops and parking areas where motorists can pull over and take care of their phone business away from traffic. The signs will carry messages like, "It can wait. Text stop 5 miles."