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Texting While Driving Tickets Have Risen Significantly Since New Law Passed

Governor Cuomo signed a new law over the summer to crack down on texting while driving.

In August, the first full month after the new law took effect, Police issued 1,082 tickets.  According to NY State records, this is up from an average of 427 per month from January through June.

Cuomo commented that “We were serious when this law passed. Texting while driving is illegal and the law is being enforced, so don’t do it,”

Whether it was a coincidence or he knew it was a Doors (Roadhouse Blues) song lyric, he added “Keep your eyes on the road and your hands (up)on the wheel.”

This summer’s new law changed what was a “secondary” offense  (could only be issued after observing another traffic violation) to a “primary” offense .  Now, officers could stop motorists and issue a summons if texting was the only violation observed.

In NYC, records show 438 tickets issued in August, up from an average of 189 per month from January through June and up from 109 in August 2010.