jenrgw New York Governor Proposes Tougher Distracted Driving Laws

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced that he would be proposing legislation to enhance existing New York distracted driving law.  While New York already prohibits talking on a cell phone without a hands free device and texting and driving, Mr. Cuomo is seeking to make the penalties more stringent for some aspects of the law.

As support for his proposed legislation, Mr. Cuomo has said, “Current warnings, educational programs, and driving laws aren’t working. We need to impose a true deterrent to stop people from driving while using an electronic device and to keep our roads and citizens safe.”

To that end, Mr. Cuomo proposes making any use of an electronic device a primary offense, increasing the potential penalty to three points on a license instead of two, and including distracted driving education in defensive driving curricula.

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