Crash linked to iPod calls law into question

Police say a teenage driver crashed into an East Islip home last night while fiddling with his iPod, raising the question whether New York's law banning texting while driving should be expanded.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 800,000 people use portable electronic devices, including iPods, while driving. The National Safety Council says 25 percent of all crashes involve some sort of distraction.

New York's law forbidding texting while driving also bans the use of all portable electronic devices while operating a vehicle.

However, police say the law is difficult to enforce because they need to actually see the driver using an electronic device before they can write out a ticket.

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