Do you know all the laws in NYS when it comes to using a cell phone while driving? It’s important that you understand the consequences of texting and driving or any other form of distracted driving.
Get the Facts:
Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and:
• Talking on a handheld mobile phone
• Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages
• Viewing, taking, or transmitting images
• Playing games
Exceptions to the Laws
• When the driver uses a hands-free device, which allows them to communicate without the use of either hand.
• Using a handheld device that is affixed to a vehicle surface.
• Using a GPS that is attached to the vehicle.
• When the purpose of the call is to communicate an emergency to a police or fire department, a hospital or physician’s office, or an ambulance corps.
• When operating an authorized emergency vehicle in the performance of official duties.
Violations and Fines:
• 5 points on your license and a fine
• For the first offense, $50-$150 fine.
• For the second offense committed within 18 months, $50-$200 fine.
• For the third offense committed within 18 months, $50-$400 fine.
Never text and drive. It can always wait. Contact us to learn more about our “Commit to Quit Texting & Driving” campaign.