Is it Against the Law to Text and Drive in New York?


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8/12/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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It sure is, and last month the texting and driving law got even tougher. In July 2011, Governor Cuomo signed a new distracted driving bill into law in New York. While texting and driving was already against New York State law prior to July 2011, the powers given to the police to prevent texting and driving accidents and the potential penalties for texting and driving were enhanced by the new legislation.

New Components of New York's Distracted Driving Law

Under the new law, texting and driving is a primary offense in New York. In other words, New York State Police and municipal police have the authority to stop motorists whom they suspect are texting and driving even if they are not violating any other laws.

The penalties have also increased. Now a driver who is found to be texting and driving in New York faces a possible fine of $150, regardless of whether that driver has caused an accident.

There May be More to Come

Governor Cuomo has indicated that his fight against New York distracted driving has not ended with the recently passed law. Instead, the Governor is said to be considering still harsher penalties for both texting and driving and talking on a cell phone while driving in New York.

What's Next for Distracted Driving Accident Victims

If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving crash, it is important to contact a New York accident attorney as soon as possible after your crash. A New York accident lawyer (link to auto accident page) may be able to help you recover damages for your injuries. Please call 1-800-PAGAN-911 for more information.

Category: Auto Accidents


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