NY to increase penalty for texting while driving

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May 31, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) - New York drivers are about to see the penalty for texting while driving increase from three points to five points off their driver's licenses.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a Manhattan press conference Friday that the change will go into effect starting Saturday, June 1. The penalty applies to any kind of cellphone activity while driving.

Cuomo's also proposing legislation that would impose tougher sanctions against probationary and junior drivers for texting.

Under that proposal, violators' licenses would be suspended for 60 days after their first conviction.

Cuomo said he spends a lot of time in a car and he sees people texting while driving every day.

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