New York installs texting zones on side of highway

Credit: Bruce Munson

The human race has come pretty far from our more caveman-like days, yet we can’t manage to put our cell phones down while we’re driving. Sure, it would save tons of lives, but we don’t seem to have the self-control to just stop. The sad part is that it seems we, as a species, want to stop. Comedian Louis C.K.’s recent rant against our texting and driving (among other smartphone usages) went viral, and we’ve created technology that won’t allow us to drive our cars without disabling our phones.

And yet. And yet. And yet.

New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo wasn’t having it anymore. "Screw it," he (probably) thought. People will text and drive, so let’s give them a safe place to do their texting.

Thus 91 texting zones were born on the side of the highway. They’re exactly what they sound like: areas for you to pull your car over to a complete stop — on the side of the road — so you can get that oh-so-important text message out.

If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it probably kind of is. Still, anything that helps is a positive.Those willing to risk lives so they don’t have to wait a few minutes to send a text will be fined $150 in New YorkIn addition, there will be signs along the interstate bearing the words “It can wait” and announcing the distance to the next texting zone.

Here’s a list of all the stops.

Business Insider, via BetaBeat

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