Erie County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), chair of the Public Safety Committee, is thanking Governor Andrew Cuomo for his continued support and advocacy of anti-texting while driving laws in New York State.
Legislator Hogues joined Gov. Cuomo when he spoke in Buffalo today about the safety concerns addressed by the law, which increases the penalty for “distracted driving.” The governor compares the law to state initiatives getting people to wear seatbelts and to stop drunk driving.
“Keeping or roadways and citizens safe is a goal we must strive for every day, and the state enacting laws to fight people driving while texting, considered distracted, is an important way to do this,” Legislator Hogues said. “We must continue providing ways in which we can keep people safe and not lost to tragic accidents. I thank Governor Cuomo for fighting to enact and strengthen these laws.”
Legislator Hogues noted that these efforts have received strong Western New York support from people such as Kelly Cline, the West Seneca woman whose son, A.J. Larson, was killed in a texting-while-driving accident in December 2007. She helped start Families Against Texting While Driving.