Watch Out! Dramatic Increase in Tickets for Texting in New York
Tickets issued to New York motorists for texting while driving increased 35 percent statewide from 2013 to 2014, as police continue to crack down on distracted drivers, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced.
“This reckless behavior endangers everyone on the road and has resulted in far too much needless tragedy,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release. “I thank law enforcement agencies across the state for their continued vigilance and for making it crystal clear that texting while driving will not be tolerated in New York.”
Statewide, police agencies handed out 75,353 tickets in 2014 for texting while driving, compared to 55,673 in 2013. Since 2011, when New York State first enacted tough new driving while texting laws, tickets have increased more than 700 percent. Only 9,015 tickets were given statewide in 2011.
Motorists caught texting and driving face up to a $450 fine and five points on their license. Probationary and junior drivers could face a 120 day suspension for a first offense and can lose their license for one year if a second offense is committed within six months.
Governor Cuomo last week announced the latest Operation Hang Up initiative, which continues through Wednesday. Law enforcement agencies statewide are targeting distracted drivers through special patrols.