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NY highway signs direct drivers to 'text stops'

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Thruway and other major state highways are getting nearly 300 new signs directing drivers to "text stops" as part of a campaign against distracted driving.

The blue signs have messages like "It can wait, text stop 5 miles." They refer to 91 "texting zones" at existing rest stops, parking pull-offs and park-and-ride lots.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the initiative on Monday. His spokesman had no immediate estimate of the signs' cost.

Cuomo signed a bill into law in July that boosted the penalty for texting and driving from three to five points on a license.

With increased enforcement this summer, state police issued 21,580 tickets for distracted driving, including talking or texting on a cell phone. In the summer of 2012, 5,208 tickets were issued.

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