There are 91 of them across the New York State Thruway and they've been promoted as everything from tourist stops to farmer's markets. But now Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes that Thruway rest stops can be lifesavers, too. YNN's Geoff Redick joined us from the New Baltimore rest stop where the governor spoke Monday.
NEW YORK STATE -- Governor Andrew Cuomo is reminding drivers about the dangers of texting and driving. On Monday, he unveiled his plan for text stops that encourage drivers to use pull over at rest stops to use their phones.
The new campaign signs read: It Can Wait. The signs will be on display at 90 locations across New York State.
Governor Cuomo stressed the importance of putting down your phone while driving.
"Five minutes won't make a difference. It really won't. It can wait. If you wait until you get to a rest area, you literally may save a life and that life my be your own," he said.
Harsher penalties for texting and driving were put in place over the summer. If you are caught, you could face five points on your license and a $150 fine for your first offense. A second offense could cost as much as $400.