Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) today announced that the new texting while driving law will take effect this Sunday, November 1. The bill, which was passed this past summer, will impose a $150 fine on any individual caught texting while driving in New York.
“The actions of so many careless drivers who have made the decision to text message on their phone while driving has led to the unnecessary death of too many people,” stated Reilich. “While many have argued that this law will be difficult to enforce, law enforcement will be enforcing this law with any opportunity they are given. If you are pulled over because of another traffic infringement and are caught texting you will be fined.”
The ban on text messaging while driving also includes gaming while driving, surfing the internet while driving, e-mailing while driving and using portable laptops and PDAs while driving.
“All distractions that occur while driving make the road unsafe for all travelers - those obeying the law and those that aren’t,” stated Reilich. “Any distractions should, as always, be put off until after the driver is able to safely pull over to the side of the road.”