The Department of Motor Vehicles in New York is cracking down on texting while driving and increasing the penalties for this driving offense. The penalty for texting and driving was three points off of an individual's driver's license but Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that it is now going to be five points off a person's driver's license starting this past Saturday June 1, 2013. This punishment can be given as a result of any action involving a cellphone while driving. The reason for this increase in penalty is to increase the safety on the road. In NY, within an 18 month period if a driver accumulates 11 points on their driver's license they could have their license suspended so this increase in penalty is significant. Governor Cuomo spoke about how young drivers need to have safe practices forced upon them so that they will navigate safely in the future. He said "inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination" and an effort to stop this combination from happening is increasing the consequences for texting and driving.
Forcing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road will increase the safety of the roads. If you have received a ticket for texting while driving call Gannes & Musico, LLP today for representation. As of now probationary licenses and junior licenses can be suspended for up to 60 days if the driver receives a violation for speeding or reckless driving. Cuomo is proposing that this type of punishment be imposed on violations for texting while driving as well. On top of the 60 day suspension, if the same driver is caught again within six months of their license restoration, their license can be suspended for six months if they have a probationary license and another 60 days if they have a junior license. Cuomo sees texting while driving as a danger that should be punished the same as speeding or reckless driving for young drivers.
Distracted drivers are not tolerated in New York and they are cracking down on texting and driving in particular due to the amount of distraction that it can cause. Not only is it a manual distraction because it takes one hand off of the wheel but it is also a visual distraction because the driver is looking at the phone and not the road. Others also argue that it is a cognitive distraction as well because the driver is thinking about the text and conversation rather than the environment around them. Cuomo says that distractions like this put lives at risk and "motorists who use a cellphone or electronic device while driving will be ticketed." If you have been given a traffic ticket for texting while driving it is vital to seek hard-hitting representation by calling a New York City traffic lawyer. Gannes & Musico, LLP offers a free case evaluation so call today to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.