NY State Cell Phone Law

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Fighting your cell phone ticket

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New York State now has the toughest laws prohibiting cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. Effective May 31, 2013, New York State increased the penalty for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. NY changed the points from 3 to 5. This means a much larger insurance increase. In addition, if you have NYS junior or probationary operating privileges, you stand to lose your license upon a conviction.
These tougher penalties were undertaken by the NYS DMV because statistics showed that there had been a 143% increase in cell phone-related accidents in New York State and that the previous point violation of 3 did not deter cell phone use while driving, as there has been a 234% increase in the number of tickets issued for texting while driving.