What many drivers in Queens fail to realize is that distraction is not just about taking one's eyes off of the road. Sure, not looking at the road, the pedestrians, the bicyclists or the other vehicles certainly is a sign of distraction, but it is entirely possible to be distracted while still looking at the things one is supposed to look at. Distraction really is what it says: something that distracts from the task at hand, which includes having a conversation. For drivers using hands-free technology to have conversations behind the wheel, there is still a very real risk of distraction.
Anyone in Nassau County that drives should realize that texting behind the wheel is against the law and considered a primary offense, meaning police officers can pull someone over for texting alone. Not only should drivers keep abreast of statewide bans such as this, they should also realize that texting is one of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents in New York. Unfortunately, texting is not the only cause of distracted driving and there are many different ways in which a driver could be putting motorists at risk of serious injury or death.