Transcript for Police Vehicle Designed to Catch Texting Drivers
Now, for a dramatic new front on the war of texting while driving. Amy heading out with one of the nation's high-profile governors in a special vehicle. It's part of a new fight against distracted driving. You went for a ride, didn't you? That's right. An estimated 100,000 drivers are texting at any given moment. And riding along with governor cuomo, it was too easy to find drivers violating the law, endang endangering themselves and everyone around them. Crashes like these show just how quickly it can happen. Oh. Reporter: Drivers taking their eyes off the road to send texts on their cell phones. But despite warnings and even shocking television ads like this one -- the average text takes your eyes off the road for nearly five seconds. Reporter: Texting while driving has become an epidemic. In new york state alone, nearly one in five crashes are caused by distracted drivers. But now, states are fighting back, with special vehicles like this. Let's take part in some law enforcement? How about that. Reporter: New york governor, andrew quo know and state trooper, joe izzo, put me in this police vehicle, designed to SIT HIGHER THAN NORMAL SUVs, SO Police can catch distracted drivers in the act. You think he knows why he's being pulled over. We caught one driver browsing the internet. And in one hour, we pulled over four drivers, all on their phones. As the governor, you're truly taking action. As a dad, how fearful are you of your daughters on the road? This is very real to me. I'm living this. I have two 18-year-olds who are driving. I spend a lot of time in a car. Reporter: Governor cuomo's goal, saving lives. He launched a $1 million texting while driving initiative. Enacting stricter punishment for those pulled over. Five points on their driver's licenses, equal to reckless driving in severity. A texting driver is 23-times more likely to get into a crash than a nontexting driver. A statistic governor cuomo says he is hoping to change. The good news is this -- you can change people's behavior. It's not easy. It's not fast. But you can do it. And there's no doubt in my mind that we can save lives. That five seconds the texting takings your eyes off the road, it's the equivalent driving the length of a football field blind. And governor cuomo said people didn't want to put seat belts on. And it took ten years. Now, that's all we do. It's a matter of creating a habit and making it socially unacceptable by peers and teenagers to text while driving. How aggravating is it when you see someone -- is it that important? Get away from that person. The first person we looked at was doing it when we pulled up. It was pretty remarkable. Here's a challenge for the car companies. Get a car that turns off the phone. Exactly. Disable it. A real great story.
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