DMV Announces Change In Cell Phone Law
Albany, NY (WIBX) – Here’s another reason to put down that cell phone while you’re driving.
Starting this Wednesday, the State Department of Motor Vehicles will impose two points on the driving records of those who are found guilty of violating the state’s cell phone law.
Previously, no points were assigned for talking on a cell phone while driving, although two points were assigned for texting while driving violations.
The new regulation will align the point penalty for both violations.
In November of 2001, New York became the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide ban on hand held cellphones while driving.
DMV officials say driver distraction is a contributing factor in one out of five crashes in New York.