(Albany, NY) – Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn) was very pleased to learn that the New York State Senate has passed a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense in New York State. The Assemblyman has been working to end all forms of distracted driving since 1996. Ortiz is currently working on legislation that would increase the penalties associated with texting while driving when a death or serious injury is caused by the driver. “There have been numerous deaths throughout our State and the country as a result of texting while driving. Increasing the penalties will ensure that our State’s drivers think twice before picking up their cell phones or other electronic mobile devices while on the roads,” stated the Assemblyman. He is grateful that others are finally realizing the gravity of the situation. Ortiz continued, “I have been advocating for safer roadways for New York State for 16 years. I am glad to see that my colleagues have begun to recognize the danger that mobile telephones pose to our State’s drivers.”
Ortiz has been active in publicizing the threats associated with distracted driving as well. “Each year more and more people are seriously injured or killed on our highways due to irresponsible drivers. I have lost several members of my community to reckless and inattentive drivers. We have a responsibility to our constituents to put an end to such senseless accidents and to keep our highways safe. We can do this by enacting and enforcing strict laws that ban talking and texting while driving,” said Ortiz.