Suffolk looks to put brakes on distracted drivers

Suffolk police are putting an emphasis on getting distracted drivers off the streets by asking officers to remain extra vigilant. "Right now we are looking

HAUPPAUGE - Suffolk police are putting an emphasis on getting distracted drivers off the streets by asking officers to remain extra vigilant.

"Right now we are looking for anyone on the cell phone," says officer Tom LaFemina, who allowed News 12 Long Island to ride along and see his tactics against distracted driving.

New York State recently changed the law when it comes to distracted driving. Previously, officers couldn't pull drivers over for texting unless they saw them breaking another traffic law.

Texting is now a primary offense, just like using a cell phone without a hands-free device. Officers say the updated law also includes drivers using tablets or laptop computers.

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