Search Site
Menu
What are the penalties in New York for texting while driving?

In society today, it is difficult to get through the day without using a cellphone. Any New Yorker can attest that these devices are not only beneficial but also necessary in many instances. They provide a way to stay connected with others, allowing one to call, message, email or research at a moment’s notice.

While this is a valuable piece of technology, it is also something that can pose risks and dangers. One place a cellphone is not useful is when a person is driving. Using a phone while driving is not only risky but opens up a driver to possible consequences.

New York law states that a motorist cannot use a hand-held mobile device while they are driving. This illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and talking into the handheld device, composing, sending, reading accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving data such as a text message, e-mail or website, viewing taking or sending images or playing games.

If a motorist is using their cellphone while driving, except to call 911 or emergency personnel, a motorist could receive a traffic ticket. This also subjects the driver to a fine and a surcharge. A conviction of this traffic violation results in points being added to the motorist’s driving record. When 11 points are attained in an 18-month period, the driver may have their license suspended.

For the first offense, a motorist could be fined between $50 and $200. The second offense occurring in an 18-month period could result in fines between $50 and $250. A third or subsequent offense within 18 months carries a fine between $50 and $450. The surcharge for all of these violations is $93.

While traffic offenses might seem minor, these charges can carry hefty fines, as well as other consequences. If a motorist has been charged with this or any other traffic violation, it is important that they understand their rights and how best to go about this situation. This could help reduce the impact it has on his or her driving record and the amount of fines owed.

Source: Dmv.ny.gov, “Cell phone use & texting,” Accessed March 18, 2018

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Meet Our Attorneys
  • What to do if pulled over for a DUI


    The ways to effectively handle DWI traffic stops

    Experienced drunk driving defense attorneys in Rochester know the best methods for defending their clients. But your handling of a police stop can make a difference to your defense. The following tips can help...
    READ MORE
Client Reviews
  • "All of my contact was handled very promptly and professionally. They were very knowledgeable and made me feel like my case was as important to them as it was to me."

  • "I highly recommend the Law Office of James L. Riotto. The entire staff is professional, knowledgeable and always willing to help. Mr. Riotto’s legal prowess coupled with his background in law enforcement give him the ability to be empathetic to his client’s circumstances while relentlessly striving for the best possible outcome."

  • "Everyone I’ve talked to in this office has always been kind and very helpful. I’ve used them a couple of times now and am very happy with the outcomes and how well they’ve communicated with me."

  • "I would like to say what an amazing job your office did for me. Your team really saved me and helped me save costs. I want to give a shout out to an amazing person who worked tirelessly for me.. Chelsea Gardner!! She is awesome. James, I tell everyone I know to call you and your team. True professionals and they do what they say!!"

  • "Mr. Riotto was very responsive to us on our initial call as throughout the legal process. It was very clear how he was approaching the case and what the outcome may be. It can be unsettling hiring an attorney we did not know. He very quickly put our minds to rest."

Featured Article
  • The Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in Rochester.

    Handpicked Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Rochester, New York. Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. You deserve only the best!

    VIEW ARTICLE
Reviews and Ratings
  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Jim was terrific. After be detained at the border, I needed a lawyer who understood policy and procedure and he was the one. He made all calls and found out the details of why it happened. He had the issue promptly corrected and provided me with a...

    Read more

    Client

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Mr. Riotto was professional, responsive and personable. He worked diligently and aggressively on my case that resulted in a very favorable outcome. I would highly recommend his services to anyone who wants first rate representation!

    Read more

    John Bartholomew

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Mr. Riotto was professional, responsive and personable. He worked diligently and aggressively on my case that resulted in a very favorable outcome. I would highly recommend his services to anyone who wants first rate representation!

    Read more

    Client

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Excellent firm. Jim returns calls personally and promptly when needed. Fees are fair and straight forward. Very responsive and helpful and explains everything in plain English.

    Read more

    Mathew Hazan

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    My experience with the Law Office of Mr Riotto could not have been better. His paralegals and other support people were always professional and responsive. They kept me well informed and I could not be happier with the results of his work. If you ...

    Read more

    Robert Gibson

See all reviews
Contact us

Quick Contact Form