Cell Phone Ticket

Cell_Phone_While_DrivingA cell phone ticket in NYC is a NYC traffic violation that carries a fine and incurs 3 points on your license. The cell phone ticket is given to motorists who operate a cell phone without a hands-free device. So if you’re holding the phone up to your ear, you can get a cell phone ticket in NYC.

FINE$50 – $150 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $93 (effective 7/26/13).

For a second offense committed within 18 months, fine is $50 – $200 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $93

For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, fine is $50 – $400 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $93

(Older violations were fined up to $100 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $85)

POINTS: 5 points after for violations after 6/1/13

(offenses committed between 10/5/11 – 5/31/13 carried 3 points)

There are typically 500 cell phone tickets in NYC given out daily. NYC police seem to having regular 24 hour crackdowns on cell phone tickets. On January 21, 2010, the crackdown resulted in over 7,400 cell phone tickets be issued.In 2009, a 24-hour crack down on motorists using a cell phone device without a hands-free device caught over 9,000 people who were issued with cell phone traffic tickets.

WHERE TO FIGHT THE NYC TRAFFIC VIOLATION:

New York City has special Bureaus (courts) to handle speeding tickets in NYC and other NYC traffic violations, which is the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB). The TVB does not handle criminal driving offenses, such as driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended or revoked (aggravated unlicensed operation). TVBs do not handle parking violations.

Specifically; The TVB handles traffic tickets issued in:

  • The five boroughs of New York City
  • The cities of Buffalo and Rochester
  • Portions of the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, Riverhead and Smithtown in Suffolk County

More information from the Department of Motor Vehicles about NYC traffic tickets.

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING (Updated for regulations as of 6/1/13 and 7/26/13)

FINE: $50 – $150 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $93 (effective 7/26/13).

For a second offense committed within 18 months, fine is $50 – $200 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $93

For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, fine is $50 – $400 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $93

(Older violations were fined up to $100 plus mandatory surcharges and fees of up to $85)

POINTS: 5 points after for violations after 6/1/13

(offenses committed between 10/5/11 – 5/31/13 carried 3 points)

It’s just not safe. And it’s illegal in NYS to text while driving. On November 1st, NY State became the 14th state to ban texting while driving. That includes reading, typing and/or sending text messages, and the fine is up to $150.

Since using a handheld electronic device is now a primary offence, you can be pulled over for this violation if an office sees you using a handheld device while driving

There is one twist to this NYS ban that most of the other states don’t have:

– This law also makes new drivers take an additional 30 hours of supervised driving, and says that a new driver can have only one passenger under 21 in their car, instead of two passengers.

According to the Transport Research Laboratory in Great Britain, you’re much more likely to be in an accident if you are texting while driving.  You’re more likely to stray from your lane, more likely to tailgate, and you’ll be 56% less adept at steering than if you were under the influence of marijuana. 888RedLight has a great summary of this study.

In a poll by The New York Times & CBS, Ninety-seven percent found people supported the banning texting while driving, which is significantly high for any kind of poll. Eighty percent also support a ban on talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving. Half of the people surveyed felt the punishment for texting while driving should be just as severe as for drunken driving.

Read more about the NYT Poll and a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Study.

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