Eyes FWD: On Patrol

By Cristina Frank
By Sam Gaddes

May 25, 2012 Updated May 25, 2012 at 4:56 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Nearly a quarter of all crashes in Broome County - are due to distracted driving.

If you think only YOUR eyes are on your phone while texting behind the wheel - that's not the case.

As a part of WBNG's Eyes Forward Campaign, we went along on a mock traffic stop to find out - what authorities are looking out for.

Right now, this high schooler is doing more than just driving.

"This motorist was texting while driving and I could see it - through his passenger window. He's also swerving a little bit - he crossed the double yellow line."

It's a mock traffic stop.

And like this - deputies say texters are fairly easy to spot.

Swerving, quick stops, crossing center lines...simply not paying attention.

Authorities are even turning to vehicles, like SUVS, to give them a birds-eye view to inside your vehicle.

Once deputies see it and turn on their emergency lights, in some Broome County vehicles...it activates a dashboard cam that records the entire stop.

That footage can be used in court.

Deputy Stapleton says as smart-phone technology advances...the problem actually is getting worse.

"A lot of people lie and say they were not on their cell phone or that they just simply picked it up, even though we may have followed them for a mile or so watching them texting or talking on a cell phone," said Broome County Deputy Sheriff Robert Stapleton.

Offenders face a $150 dollar fine and three points on their license.

"Especially if you have a junior license, if you get a certain amount of points on your license - you can lose it for up to 60 to 90 days, depending on what the DMV says," said Stapleton.

"Well, I know I almost got a ticket for it. And it was for being on the phone, too. Obviously, I won't do that anymore," said ME High School senior Daniel Kerila.

While this was JUST a test....authorities say they will continue to be out on the roads...an eye OUT for texting.

There are some exceptions to the law on who you CAN call while driving in New York - like emergency services, a hospital and fire or police department.