Drivers Beware – From 2011 to 2012 tickets issued for driving while texting increased 234 percent. Under Governor Cuomo, the state has 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.
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.
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.
If you receive a cellphone ticket, do not engage the police officer in conversation. They can and will often use anything you say against you in court. If you receive a cellphone ticket or any other traffic ticket, call us at 212-227-9008 immediately to learn how we can defend you.
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