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New York State Cracks Down on Distracted Driving, Imposing Stiffer Penalties and Suspensions for New Drivers, Notes Parker Waichman LLP
Date:7/29/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 29, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of car accident victims, notes that a law was recently passed to implement new penalties for those caught distracted driving – which refers to motorists caught talking or sending texts or emails on a handheld phone. The new law imposes the same penalties on drivers with probationary and junior licenses for distracted driving that they would receive for speeding and reckless driving: 60-day suspensions for first convictions, and revocations of 60 days (for junior licenses) or six months (for probationary licenses) for subsequent convictions within six months of the time a license is restored after suspension.

The law, as noted in the July 1 announcement, follows other steps New York state has taken to enhance the safety of its roads. The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) implemented tougher penalties for all drivers who text or otherwise use a cellphone while driving. On June 1, 2013, the DMV increased the number of points earned against an individual’s driving record upon conviction for texting-while-driving and cellphone-related infractions from 3 points to 5 points.

To further bolster this effort, the New York State Police conducted a $1 million summer crackdown on distracted driving on Long Island, as noted in a July 15 announcement. The effort began on the July 4th holiday weekend statewide and consisted of increased enforcement and patrols, as well as undercover operations. As a result of enhanced enforcement, the State Police issued 486 tickets for distr
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