Rome Police Conduct Enforcement of Cell Phone Use by Drivers

Rome Police Conduct Enforcement of Cell Phone Use by Drivers

As a result of ongoing citizen complaints and complaints received through Rome Police Citizen Assessment Surveys of drivers using a portable electronic device (cell phone/mobile device) while operating a motor vehicle, the Rome Police Department instituted an aggressive, zero tolerance enforcement effort during the week of May 1st. through the 7th. During that week, Rome police officers issued a total of 44 traffic tickets to motorists who were observed using a cell phone/mobile device while driving. Motorists should be aware that New York prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices. Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and:

Talking on a handheld mobile telephone,Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages, Viewing, taking, or transmitting images or Playing games.

The law defines the following terms as:

(a) "Portable electronic device" shall mean any hand-held mobile telephone, as defined by subdivision one of section twelve hundred twenty-five-c of this article, personal digital assistant (PDA), handheld device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, or portable computing device.

(b) "Using" shall mean holding a portable electronic device while viewing, taking or transmitting images, playing games, or composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving e-mail, text messages, or other electronic data.

Exceptions to the Laws:

When the driver uses a hands-free mobile telephone, which allows the user to communicate without the use of either hand.

Using a handheld electronic device that is affixed to a vehicle surface.

Using a GPS device that is attached to the vehicle.

When the purpose of the phone call is to communicate an emergency to a police or fire department, a hospital or physician''''s office, or an ambulance corps.

When operating an authorized emergency vehicle in the performance of official duties.


The Rome Police Department will continue it''''s effort to curtail cell phone/ mobile device use by drivers throughout the coming months.

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