WESTERN NEW YORK – The National Safety Council reports that at least nine Americans die each day in distracted driving crashes.
AAA research shows drivers are eight times as likely to crash if you text and drive. In addition to being dangerous, distracted driving can also be costly.
Police will issue fines to those caught using cellphones while behind the wheel. In New York State drivers face a $500 fine and five points on their license.
State Police say they are on the lookout for distracted drivers all year round, but especially this month with added patrols out on the road.