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New York traffic law increases points for distracted drivers

Most readers in New York are aware that states create and enforce traffic law in an effort to maintain order and safety on the roads. When drivers are found to have violated New York traffic law, there are a number of different consequences, including license suspensions, fines, points, and in some cases, jail sentences. From time to time, officials may have to adjust existing laws or create new ones to keep up with changes in drivers and conditions on the roads, as well as to create stricter punishments when current deterrents are ineffectual.

Although the distracted driving laws that were put into effect in New York in 2011 are working, state officials, including the governor, are making changes to New York’s current distracted driving law that would increase penalties for traffic violations related to distracted driving. The laws are meant to cut down on drivers who use their phones while driving, specifically texting while driving.

Once the change takes effect, the consequence for texting while driving would result in five points being put on a motorist’s driver’s license. Currently drivers get three points for distracted driving violations. Points on a driver’s license can add up and lead to additional penalties, as well as cause insurance premiums to increase.

It may be beneficial to seek legal representation if you have been charged with violating New York traffic law. An attorney will look out for your interests in court and help ensure you fully understand your options. Legal counsel is also available to answer questions or address any concerns you may have.

Source: Staten Island Advance, “Staten Islanders be forewarned: Penalty goes up Saturday for texting while driving”, Dean Balsamini, May 31, 2013

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