Texting and driving in New York will now cost you 5 points, up from 3

Texting and driving in New York will now cost you 5 points, up from 3
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was happy to announce on Friday that those caught driving and texting would receive a penalty of five points on their driving record, up from the current three points. That would make LOLing with your BFF potentially more costly to your bank account than getting caught driving 20 miles over the posted speed limit. Accumulate 11 points or more in 18 months and your license could be suspended for 31 days.

At a press conference in the Big Apple, Cuomo said that he is proposing a law that would bring harsher penalties to new probationary and junior drivers who are caught texting while behind the wheel. Under this proposal, those found to have been guilty of texting and driving would have their license suspended for 60 days after their first conviction.

Cuomo is serious about this, saying that the penalties would apply to any cellphone activity during driving. "We want the message to be very clear to young drivers: Don't do it and don't think about doing it," Cuomo said. "The inexperience plus the distraction can be a deadly combination. And that's what we want to stop." The state's Chief Executive has three teenage daughters so he says he understands how teens love their phones, but also might over estimate their driving skills.

At the press event was Ben Lieberman whose 19 year old son was killed in a car being driven by a young driver distracted by the use of his cellphone. Lieberman said that drivers "need to worry about the lives that are in their hands and not the cellphone in their hands."

Governor Cuomo says he spends a lot of time in his car and sees how much of a problem texting while driving is in New York. Between 2005 and 2011, the number of cellphone related crashes in the state of New York rose by 143%. Police will begin to more sharply enforce the law against driving and texting starting on Saturday.

source: NYPost



1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How bout suspend their license? They are going too keep doing it anyway after 5 points. Because people are dumb when it comes too texting n driving.

4. metalpoet unregistered

yes please UTAH do this! i see grown people driving stupid speeding, not signalling, and running red lights all the time while on their phone! this is ridiculous and should be made into a very severe penatly such as having your license revoked. people need to use common sense while driving and pay attention.

2. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Fact: Texting and driving is actually worse than drunk driving.

3. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Also have to consider that they are still drinking and driving but now also texting. I hope all the states follow this example or make it more severe too.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is too lenient. I feel anyone who does anything on a phone that poses a distraction and a danger to motorists should be given a more severe punishment.

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Whatever makes ppl stop...I'm all for it. And I feel states, cities shouldnt have to disclose where speeding cameras are. All that does is force ppl to slow down in certain spots...then they speed right back up again.

7. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I agree. Purposely hiding them I can understand how it'd irk a lot of people, but at least with the cameras I see around my area, they also usually have a huge sign saying "WATCH OUT OMG CAMERA" As long as they're there, it'll only serve as a digital speedbump.

8. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

This is why you make phones like the Note's, Mega's, Togari's, and Firefly V65's. Its so much harder to next on phablets.

10. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

How can they tell you texting? What if your looking at your GPS on your phone? so stupid

11. NewTone

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Any use of a phone is a distraction and i would guess using a GPS feature would be considered the same penalty.

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