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Cell Phone Driving Penalties Increased

cell-150x150Talking on a cell phone while driving is against the law in New York. The State Legislature has recently “upped the anti” by increasing the penalties for talking on a cell phone. Talking on a cell phone in the state of New York can cause you to receive a traffic ticket, which results in two points on your license. In addition you can be fined up to $100.00 for this violation of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law. We are the first state to ban cell phones from being used by drivers.

In November of 2001, the State of New York became the first state in the country to ban driving and talking on the cell phone. In 2009, text messaging became illegal while driving a motor vehicle in the state of New York. Text messaging while driving can also result in a two point violation and a fine of up to $150.00.

In 2009, there were 300,000 traffic violation summonses issued in the State of New York. Eighty three thousand of the tickets involved illegal cell phone usage. The Department of Motor Vehicle statistics indicate that drivers who are distracted by cell phones cause approximately one accident in five. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that cell phone usage, whether hands free or hand-held, creates a dangerous distraction for drivers that can result in car accidents.


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