Consequences of Talking on a Cell Phone and Texting while Driving on Long Island
The Long Island cell phone law is one of the strictest cell phone laws in the country. Here are some of the consequences you may face if you’re caught talking or texting while driving on Long Island.
What are the fines for cell phone tickets in Long Island?Drivers caught using a cell phone or texting while driving on Long Island can face fines of up to $200 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense within 18 months, and $450 for the third offense within 18 months.
Do cell phone tickets have points attached to them?Yes. Texting and cell phone violation are 5 points, which will lead to an increase on your insurance premiums. In addition, New York State often suspends driver's licenses at 11 points, so after only two cell phone convictions, you will have 10 points on your record. A third cell phone ticket or texting ticket within 18 months will likely lead to a suspension. A judge also has discretion on whether or not to suspend your license, depending on the nature of the offense. It is not so unusual that 2 cellphone or texting convictions alone would lead to a suspension.
Are there different penalties for Probationary and Permit Drivers who break the cell phone law?Yes, probationary or permit drivers caught violating Long Island cell phone laws are subject to even harsher penalties than regularly licensed drivers. These include the suspension of their license or learner's permit for a period of 120 days for the first offense, and the revocation of their license or learner's permit for one year if convicted for the same offense within 6 months of having their driving privileges restored. If you or someone you know receives a summons for texting or talking and driving while still a probationary or permit driver, we strongly advise you to consult a traffic ticket attorney before you proceed.
What is the best way to avoid a Long Island cell phone ticket?Most importantly, do not use a handheld cell phone while driving, whether it's for talking or texting. If you do not have access to a hands-free mobile device, please do not text and drive or talk on the phone and drive. Pull over, park your car, and turn off the ignition before you use your cell phone.