New York has the toughest penalties in the nation for use of a cell phone while driving. Indeed, New York became the first state to prohibit cell phone use while driving in 2001. As of February 16th the violation carries not only a fine but a two-point penalty on the driver’s license. The legislator justified this because research has shown that crashes tied to distracted driving have not declined since the law banning cell phone use enacted in 2001.
Now a conviction of talking or texting while driving, VTL 1225, puts it in the same category as violations that can cause an insurance increase, such as disobeying an officer or disobeying a traffic control device. The legislator feels that the potential for an insurance increase creates a greater deterrence. Ken Brown, a spokesman for the DMV, stated that the new penalties are intended to improve highway safety. However, insurance industry officials point out that various states measures adopted to stop motorists’ cell phone use has failed to reduce car crashes. According to the National Safety Council, 28% of all traffic crashes are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting.
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