BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Police turn their
attention to safe driving again this semester, paying close
attention to motorists using cellphones or texting with special
emphasis on peak traffic times on campus.
The special detail begins this week, Sept. 9-13. Enforcement
patrols will monitor traffic on the North Campus, according to Lt.
Scott A. Marciszewski of UB Police.
The weeklong safe driving program is funded by a Selective
Traffic Enforcement Program grant, specifically for catching
cellphone and text use while driving.
“The second or two you take your eyes off the road to
answer a call or read a text can have devastating
consequences,” says Marciszewski. “That’s true
not only for the driver, but also for other motorists, bicyclists
Marciszewski says campus police – including some dressed
in plain clothes – will visually survey campus roadways
during peak traffic times.
Enforcement to reduce distracted driving will be similar to
efforts to enforce seat belt compliance. Officers will conduct
pre-enforcement visual surveys of cellphone/texting while driving.
They also will conduct surveys to measure effectiveness of the
Traffic accidents on campus are not uncommon, police say, so
motorists should take the same precautions they do on highways,
especially obeying the laws about texting and using cellphones.
Marciszewski also wants to emphasize that the law has changed.
“Now a conviction for texting while driving will add five
points to your driving record,” he says.