Texting while driving not a crime, but county and state consider making it one


NORWICH – The Chenango County Safety and Rules Committee has temporarily tabled the possibility of passing a new local law that would make it illegal to text message while driving.

Town of Norwich Supervisor David C. Law appeared at the committee’s March 18 meeting to request Chenango’s lawmakers consider passing a law that would prohibit driving and texting on cell phones or other devices.

Although talking on a cell phone is already a traffic offense in New York State, no law currently exists banning texting on the devices.

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