February 17, 2011
NY imposes stiffest ban on drivers using handheld phones
The nation's toughest ban on drivers gabbing on handheld cell phones took effect on Wednesday in New York, where violators now face penalty points on their licenses as well as hefty fines. Reuters reports.
The crackdown is meant to reduce the number of crashes tied to "distracted driving," said state transportation officials.
The punishment of a $100 fine and a two-point penalty can affect auto insurance rates and add up to a suspended license, said Jackie McGinnis, spokeswoman for the State Department of Motor Vehicles.
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