New York law enforcement has made valiant efforts to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the road, since 2011 there has been an 840% increase in the number of texting while driving tickets issued.
According to Governor Cuomo, “There is zero tolerance for distracted driving and State Police will be out in force to crack down on this dangerous behavior…”.
The DMV has also implemented new protocols to aid in law enforcements efforts. A distracted driving ticket now adds 5 points to your license (if a driver receives 11 points he/she could lose their license).
Probationary and Junior drivers ticketed for distracted driving could lose their license for 120 days.
“Distracted driving is just as dangerous as speeding or driving impaired and continues to be a leading contributing factor of motor vehicle crashes. Each year, there are needless tragedies and victims left behind someone couldn’t put down their handheld device. Motorists should know this type of behavior will not be tolerated. Through continued education and enforcement, State Police are working to make New York’s roads safer, by discouraging, detecting, and arresting distracted drivers.” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico