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Following Too Closely, Texting Causing Vehicle Crashes, Clarkstown PD Says

Texting while driving and following too closely are the major reason for rear-end accidents.
Texting while driving and following too closely are the major reason for rear-end accidents. Photo Credit: Flickr

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Almost everyone does it at one time or another, sends a text or looks down to read one while driving. But those seconds can lead to a serious traffic crash, warns the Clarkstown Police Department.

That's why the department, which said it has seen a steady rise in car accidents, are asking drivers to back off, put down the cell phones and pay attention to driving on #TrafficTuesday.

To help hammer the message home, they are offering a refresher course on New York law for following too closely:

  • The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent by taking into consideration the speed of other vehicles and the conditions of the highway.
  • The driver of any truck or motor vehicle should leave enough space between them and the car in front of them so that another vehicle can pull into the space without being in danger of hitting the car in front.
  • Drivers in a motorcade, (except funeral processions) should leave enough space between cars to prevent from crashing into the back of another vehicle.

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