Over the years, texting and driving has become one of most common offenses as well as potentially the innocent dangerous one. Commercials started to show brutal accidents or stories that occurred from texting and driving, and how it only takes that one word text to cause a disaster. However, it seems as though instead of people learning and ceasing this deadly act, it has just increased and everywhere you turn texting and driving is going on.

Texting and driving is not the only issue. Although it is dangerous, sending an email is just as dangerous as well as making telephone calls that are not hands free. Regardless of what you are doing on that new high tech phone that you just bought and are so excited to use, you must take the proper cautionary steps and just STAY OFF IT WHILE DRIVING because not only is it deadly but now the state of New York has very harsh consequences to this common offense.

New York recently increased the penalties for texting or talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel

The state of New York has deemed that each offense will constitute 5 driving points on one’s license in addition to a fine based on the number of offenses within 18 months. The minimum fine is $50 on all time offenses , however it may be a maximum or $150, then $200, and finally $400 on the first, second, and third offense with an 18 month period.

As for probationary and junior drivers, they will receive suspension of license or permit for a mandatory 60 days on their first offense and probationary licensed drivers will receive at least a 6 month revocation on their second offense  in 6 months while permit holders will receive at least a 60 day revocation.

If these do not convince you to stop texting and using the phones while driving on top of the scary commercials and just knowing the deadly consequences then just hope for the best, which in this case is not smart!

The state of New York also has a hefty point system higher than most states:

  • Speeding (1-10 mph)over posted limit: 3 points
  • Speeding (11-20 mph)over posted limit: 4 points
  • Speeding (21-30mph) over posted limit: 6 points
  • Speeding (31-40 mph) over posted limit : 8 points
  • Speeding(more than 40 mph) over posted limit: 11 points
  • Reckless Driving: 5 points
  • Failing to stop for school bus: 5 points
  • Following too closely: 4 points
  • Inadequate breaks:  4 points
  • Inadequate breaks while driving employer’s vehicle: 2 points
  • Failing to yield right of way: 3 points
  • Violation of traffic signal or stop sign or yield sign : 3 points
  • Railroad crossing violation: 3 points
  • Improper passing, unsafe lane change, driving left of center, driving in the wrong direction: 3 points
  • Leaving scene involving property damage or injury to domestic animal: 3 points
  • Safety restraint violation involving a person under 16 : 3 points
  • Texting while driving: 5 points
  • Other moving violations : 2 points
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