The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has increased the number of texting-while-driving tickets it has been issuing recently. Within the first eight months of this year, NYPD has already issued 1,857 tickets, up from the 1,631 tickets it gave out in all of 2010. This 14 percent increase is partially due to a change in the texting-while-driving ban.
Here in New York, we have some fairly strict vehicle traffic laws governing the use of cell phones while driving and the practice of texting while driving. Specifically, both are considered primary offenses, meaning they are illegal and any law enforcement official in the state can currently stop and ticket a motorist for either offense.
In 2009, the New York State Assembly enacted a comprehensive and ambitious package of vehicle traffic laws designed to cut down on the number of series and fatal accidents - especially among teen drivers.