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It has been 10 years since 20-year-old West Seneca native A.J. Larson lost his life in a texting-while-driving accident. In remembrance, the New York State Thruway is displaying a “Don’t Text While Driving. It's the Law.” reminder on digital signs in hopes of saving other lives. 

A federal judge has sentenced disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison for sending obscene messages to a 15-year-old girl last year.

The sexting case played a role in the 2016 presidential election. Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, who has filed for divorce, was a top aide to Hillary Clinton.

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New York State is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer,” which would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving.

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New York lawmakers are considering a Breathalyzer of sorts to combat distracted driving from texting.

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New data indicates that many motorists across the state are texting behind the wheel – and are getting caught in massive numbers.


Distracted drivers in New York would be held accountable under a bipartisan bill proposed in Albany. It would allow police to use a so-called "Textalyzer" to examine mobile devices at a crash site.

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In case of emergency, Text to 9-1-1 service is now available in Erie County.


It's not just texting and driving that can be hazardous to your health. Emergency room physicians are seeing a growing number of people injured from distracted walking.

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Some Buffalo area high schools are being encouraged to sign up for a national program to prevent texting and driving. AT&T has teamed up with the Buffalo Sabres and team captain Steve Ott for the "It Can Wait" program.


Governor Andrew Cuomo says with more and more young drivers hitting the roads each year, the problem of distracted driving in New York is getting worse.

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Cell phone company records indicate Dr. James Corasanti sent and received nearly 80 text messages the day Alexandria Rice was killed.  But by the time investigators seized Corasanti's phone, most of them were gone.

Amherst Police Technical Services Officer Thomas Barillari testified legal procedures kept investigators from seizing Corasanti's phone until August 1, nearly three weeks after Rice was struck and killed along Heim Road. 

Local students pledge holiday safety in "chain of life"

Dec 23, 2011

Students at one Western New York high school are entering their Holiday break promising safe decisions involving driving.   A so-called "chain of life" made of paper links, alternating in red and green for the Holiday season, hang from the ceiling in the main lobby of West Seneca West High School.  Each linked was signed by students who, by doing so, have promised not to drink and drive or text and drive.

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has introduced legislation that will enhance 9-1-1 communications systems.

The bill is known by the acronym, ALERT ACT, which stands for Allowing Local Emergency Response Technicians to Accept Cellular Texts Act. Hochul's action would require emergency call centers update their handling of emergency text messages and to send an error message if the transmission did not go through.

The FCC would enforce the mandates.