New York Cracks Down on Cab Drivers Using Cellphones

Studies have already shown that chatting on a cellphone while driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk.

While several U.S. states have enacted hands-free cellphone laws for drivers, New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission is going a step further by proposing harsher rules for cab drivers who violate the commission’s decade-old rule against all cellphone use. The current regulations include cabbies who talk while wearing a hands-free headset, but the TLC says it’s tired of the ban being violated.

“The time has come to put an end to cellphone abuse once and for all,” said TLC commissioner and chairman Matthew Daus in a statement. “New technology–including stealthy hands-free devices–has made it difficult to enforce our current laws, and the use of cellphones by drivers has become all too prevalent.”

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