Tougher Penalties For Cell Phone Use and Texting While DrivingJun 6th, 2013 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles
Tougher penalties will be handed down to drivers caught texting or using a cell phone without a headset under an administrative order announced by Governor Cuomo.
Under the new law, that went into effect June 1, 2013, violations will result in five points assessed against a driver’s license instead of three.In New York State, if a driver accumulates eleven points over eighteen months, it results in a suspension.
The Governor also asked the Legislature to enact a law that would toughen the sanctions against probationary and junior drivers for texting. Those violators would have their license suspended for 60 days after just the first conviction.
Cuomo said, “the New York State Legislature passed legislation that strengthens penalties for new and young drivers who are found texting-while-driving or using a handheld electronic device while behind the wheel. Under this legislation, penalties will be strengthened for individuals holding junior and probationary licenses if they text and drive. Inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination and no parent should have to experience losing a child at the hands of a text message. I applaud my colleagues in the Legislature for their swift action in passing this necessary law.”
Senator Larkin, in a statement released in regard to the new legislation said, “text messaging and talking on the cell phone while driving are the ultimate distractions. Too many drivers are taking their focus off the road and the results have proven lethal,” adding, “the split second you take to look at a screen can be the difference between life and death.”
In 2011, there were more than 25,000 accidents in which someone was injured or killed attriubted to cell phone use. During that same time, 4,600 accidents were caused by drunk drivers.