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Distracted driving penalty increases now in effect

The increased penalties for distracted driving went into effect on Friday.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The increased penalties for distracted driving went into effect on Friday.

Governor Cuomo has taken a hard stance against distracted driving, which includes texting-while-driving or using an electronic handheld device while driving.

As of Friday, July 26, the new fines for distracted driving are:

First Offense – Fine between $50 and $150
Second Offense committed within 18 months of first offense – Fine between $50 and $200
Third offense committed within 18 month period – Fine between $50 and $400

The fines were passed as part of the 2013-2014 New York State budget.

Since June, Cuomo signed into law bills that increase the number of points against a driving record upon conviction of distracted driving and increased distracted driving penalties for young and new drivers.

He also made up to $1 million available to help increase enforcement and patrols in unmarked State Police SUVs to catch irresponsible drivers.

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