A 5 point Cellphone Ticket (Operating Motor Vehicle While Operating a Mobile Phone) was found Not Guilty in Manhattan South Court
Cellphone Tickets in Manhattan have skyrocketed in recent years! From 2011 to 2012 tickets issued for driving while texting increased 234 percent. Under Governor Cuomo, the state pledged $1 million to fund the campaign against cellphone use as well as increased the 3-point penalty to a 5-point penalty on the driver’s record.
Cops also have a better chance of catching you unnoticed. CITE—Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement—vehicles are unmarked black SUVs that allow the police to drive and enforce laws unidentified.
A cellphone ticket may be issued regardless of how the driver was using the device. The law defines “using” as holding your cellphone while talking, taking pictures, texting, or simply viewing the device. So if you are viewing the device as a GPS, you are in violation.
In addition, cellphone tickets rack up as much as 5 points. Extra points on your license can increase the price of your insurance. 3 cellphone tickets could result in the suspension of your license.
The cost of cellphone tickets can range between $50 to $400 depending on the gravity and frequency of the offense. Aside from the immediate cost of the ticket, points on your license could cause insurance premiums to increase significantly.
When you receive the cellphone ticket, do not discuss it with the police officer. Anything you say can, and WILL be used against you in court. Officers take notes on any comments you make which can later harm you while disputing your traffic ticket.
A cellphone ticket lawyer is waiting to help you. New York City Traffic Ticket Law can be very damaging to your driving record. My advice is: don’t pay that traffic ticket. Take a moment now to share a few details about your ticket here.
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