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CELL PHONE USE

Under New York State law you cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or portable electronic device while you drive. Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and

talking on a handheld mobile telephone
composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages
viewing, taking, or transmitting images
playing games
If you use a portable electronic device while you drive (except to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency), you can receive a traffic ticket and be subject to a fine and a surcharge.

Conviction of a cell phone use, portable electronic device use or a texting violation will also result in 5 POINTS being added to your DMV driving record.  If you receive 11 points in an 18 month period, your driver license may be suspended.

Additionally, drivers with probationary and junior licenses get 60 days license suspension for a first conviction; a subsequent conviction within six months of license restoration brings another 60-day suspension

 PENALTIES FOR ALCOHOL OR DRUG-RELATED VIOLATIONS

Under New York State law you cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or portable electronic device while you drive. Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and

talking on a handheld mobile telephone
composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages
viewing, taking, or transmitting images
playing games
If you use a portable electronic device while you drive (except to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency), you can receive a traffic ticket and be subject to a fine and a surcharge.

Conviction of a cell phone use, portable electronic device use or a texting violation will also result in 5 POINTS being added to your DMV driving record.  If you receive 11 points in an 18 month period, your driver license may be suspended.

Additionally, drivers with probationary and junior licenses get 60 days license suspension for a first conviction; a subsequent conviction within six months of license restoration brings another 60-day suspension

 

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