New York State texting and driving fines increase

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — New Yorkers caught texting while driving will have to pay larger fines.

As of November 1, the maximum fine for a first-time offense is $200. The previous fine was $150. A second offense within 18 months will be punishable with a maximum fine of $250 — up from $200. Any offense afterwards will be fined up to $450.

Probationary and junior drivers with a Class DJ, MJ driver license or learner’s permit will be suspended for 120 days on their first offense. A second offense can result in license or permit revocation for at least one year.

Under New York State law, drivers cannot use a mobile telephone or sent text or email while on the road. All offenses are punishable except to call 911 or contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency.

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