State to hold hearings on distracted driving

MERRICK - After the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended a federal ban on electronic devices behind the wheel, state lawmakers are set to re-examine New York's distracted driving laws.State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) says the state will hold a series of hearings to determine whether a ban on all electronic gadgets, including hands-free devices, is necessary to keep New York's roads safe."We'll do a series of hearings and then we're going to see what the results are and determine whether or not we need to strengthen our laws here in New York State," Fuschillo says. The NTSB estimates that 700,000 crashes each year are caused by drivers who are chatting or texting on cell phones. Hearings on the issue could begin in a few weeks.

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