Increased fines for texting while driving went into effect statewide on Friday.
Fines for first-time offenders increased from $50 to $150 under the plan, which is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomos strategy to curtail the use of cellphones on the road. Fines for second-time offenders who text and drive within 18 months of another texting offense increased from $50 to $200. Fines for offenders who violate the law three or more times will increase from $50 to $400.
Distracted driving has become a frightening epidemic on our roadways, and fines are an important tool to punish and prevent this reckless behavior, Mr. Cuomo said in a release. Combined with stronger penalties on your license and increased enforcement, these increased fines will send a tough message to all drivers that distracted driving is a serious problem with serious consequences.
Visit www.dmv.ny.gov/cellphone.htm for more information on the states cellphone and texting laws.