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Does Texting at a Red Light Count?

We know that texting while driving is illegal in New York State and extremely dangerous in general! But what about texting while at a stop sign or a red light? Does that count as texting while driving?

According to a New York Times article, a survey from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision) was conducted and found that 68% of teenage drivers admit to reading or replying to text messages while driving. Of those who said they never text and drive, nearly 50% said they make an exception for texting while at a stop sign or red light.

Checking your phone at a stop light is tempting, but it can also be extremely dangerous and just as bad as texting while driving. Not only can you develop a habit of finishing a text or email while you slowly accelerate when the light turns green, but checking your phone at a stop light sets a bad example for your teenager or little one in the back seat. They are watching you grab your phone every time you hit a red light and are going to follow in your footsteps when it comes to learning how to drive safely. If it’s OK for you to text while driving, then they will think it is OK for them to do it too. So next time you think about picking up your phone and replying to a text or email at a stop light, think about the influence you are making on your little one in the back seat. Put the phone down. The text or email and can wait.

Want to see if your reaction time is affected by texting and driving? Play this Gauging Your Distraction game from the New York Times.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver, Finkelstein and Partners can help. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.


Andrew Finkelstein

Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.