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Teens who text while driving now face tougher penalties

New legislation has been placed that will increase penalties on young and new drivers who text while driving.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – New legislation has been placed that will increase penalties on young and new drivers who text while driving.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill on Monday that would increase the penalties in two different categories:

Probationary licenses:
  • First offense is a 60 day license suspension
  • Second offense - if within six months of getting the license back - is a six month license revocation.
Junior permits or licenses:
  • First offense is a 60 day license suspension
  • Second offense - if within six months of getting the permit or license back - is a 60 day permit or license revocation.
“Even though state law bans texting while driving, we are still seeing tragic accidents where young drivers are killed, severely injured, or harm others while they are trying to read or write a text message,” Stirpe said. “I hope that this penalty increase on new and young drivers will help raise awareness of the dangers and seriousness of this issue, and cause people to think twice before texting while driving," said Assemblyman Albert Stirpe of Cicero.

According to the Pediatric Academic Societies, 43 percent of teenage drivers admitted in a recent study that they regularly text while driving.

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