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Governor Cuomo Signs Stricter Anti-Texting Law

Published July 14, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The announcement this week of the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) successful Syracuse and Hartford, CT, pilot program to reduce distracted driving behaviors was followed Tuesday by a new, stricter ban on texting while driving in New York.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted legislation that changes texting while driving from a secondary offense to a primary, ticketable offense. Our injury attorneys fully support the new law to keep drivers in Binghamton, NY, from using electronic devices while behind the wheel.

The increasing availability of internet, email, and texting devices has made texting more commonplace in NY and other states.

New York’s new law prohibits any activities related to electronic data, including email, text messages, or web pages. It also bans any viewing, taking, or transmitting images, or playing games. The offense carries with it a fine of up to $150 and three points (an increase from two for the 2009 law). A driver could expect to pay significantly higher fees for court appearances.

The new law does not penalize drivers using a handheld electronic device or a GPS system that is attached to the vehicle. Nor does it prohibit using the devices in an emergency situation.

Asked to comment at the bill signing as to the increased penalty, Governor Cuomo said, “We have to send a message that as a society we are serious.” The Governor went on to say “The message today is those electronic devices and driving do not mix. Period.”

The 2009 law was largely criticized since drivers could not be pulled over for texting but could only be ticketed if they were pulled over for another violation.

In 2007, five teenage girls from NY were fatally injured in one accident which was attributed to texting while driving. Again in 2009, a 22-year-old Erie County woman was also killed in a car accident while texting behind the wheel.

The injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage all New York drivers to stop texting or practicing unsafe behaviors while driving on all roads and highways.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a distracted driver in a New York car accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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