August was the first full month that New York City implemented a stricter crackdown on texting-while-driving, since then there has been a significant increase in the number of tickets that have been distributed to violating driver, twice as many as the previous month.
In the first half of 2011 the New York Police Department averaged 427 tickets per month for texting-while-driving infractions, in August there were 1,082 tickets issued to violators.
“We were serious when this law passed: texting while driving is illegal and the law is being enforced, so don’t do it,” stated New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The stricter regulation has made the texting-while-driving violation a primary offense, giving police officers the right to pull over a driver solely for texting. It has also increased the penalty from a two-point to a three-point offense with a $150 fine.
The three-point penalty increase could have potential implications for auto insurance policies for some New York drivers. Auto Insurance rates could rise as a result of being ticketed one or more times for texting-while-driving.
Some auto insurance companies may have different policies when it comes to tickets and rising premiums making it complicated when involving a point system.
Texting-while-driving is one of the top causes for distracted driving accidents, knowing this, more cities are becoming stricter on this negative driving habit and cities plan to take action. So, do your part to be a safe driver and do not text and drive.
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