Gov. Cuomo signs new texting while driving law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) traveled to the state police barracks in Dutchess County today to sign a tough new law that stiffens penalties for distracted drivers.

Prior to the passage of the new law, it was illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while driving, but it was only a secondary traffic offense, meaning that a driver had to be stopped for another violation in order to receive a ticket.

The new law makes it a primary offense to hold a phone or text while driving, and will cost offenders up to $150 and three points on their license.

The governor says the new law is about preventing accidents and saving lives on the road.

Drivers who text targeted in new state legislation

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