What are the laws on cell phone use, texting or sending email while you operate a vehicle in New York State?
Under New York State law you cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or send a text or an email while you drive. If you use a hand-held mobile telephone while you drive, except to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency, or use a device to text or send email, you can receive a traffic ticket and pay a fine of $150 and surcharge as described below.
In 2013, several changes are being made to the penalties for these violations as described below.
Increased Driver Violation Points
- For offenses committed between October 5, 2011 and May 31, 2013, this violation carries three driver violation points.
- For offenses committed on or after June 1, 2013, this violation carries five driver violation points.