Starting today, violators can now receive penalty points on their drivers licenses if they are caught using their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Meanwhile, the two-point penalty will really make it even tougher on drivers since it’ll undoubtedly increase their car insurance rate – making it one expensive violation. Now that comes in addition to the $100 fine that drivers will need to cough up if they’re caught.
Granted that it will seemingly make some driver disgruntled, it should help in spreading the awareness about the consequences of distracted driving. So if you don’t want your insurance policy to increase, you’d better tuck your cell phone away somewhere hidden from view while driving. No word yet if other states will follow suit with New York’s implementation.
source: Reuters via Textually