New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on July 26 that new and increased fines for distracted driving violations, which includes texting-while-driving or using an electronic handheld device while driving, are now in effect.
“Distracted driving has become a frightening epidemic on our roadways, and fines are an important tool to punish and prevent this reckless behavior,” Gov. Cuomo said in a press release on July 26th 2013.
“Combined with stronger penalties on your license and increased enforcement, these increased fines will send a tough message to all drivers that distracted driving is a serious problem with serious consequences,” he said.
“Using a multi-pronged approach to combat this dangerous habit will make drivers think twice before using their cellphones behind the wheel. As New York’s law enforcement patrols our highways and roads this summer, we are warning drivers: don’t text-and-drive or you will pay for it.”
For distracted driving violations that occur on or after July 26, 2013, there are new minimum fines and higher maximum fines:
- For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and maximum fine increases to $150.
- For a second offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $200.
- For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400.
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For more information on the laws on cell phone use, texting or sending email while you operate a vehicle in NYS check out http://www.dmv.ny.gov/cellphone.htm