Texting While Driving Ban in New York Goes Into Effect

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text-messageNew York’s ban on texting or otherwise using portable electronic devices while driving went into effect todayunday. State officials say the goal is to reduce accidents from distracted driving.The new law, however, is considered a secondary offense, meaning the driver must have committed a primary offense — such as speeding, disobeying a traffic signal or other violation — in order to receive a ticket.

The law doesn’t forbid the use of GPS devices and you can still use hands-free phones.

Violators face fines of up to $150.

 {CNYcentral.com/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}

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