Albany – Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (Brooklyn), was pleased to learn that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has decided to assign two points to the driving records of anyone found guilty of talking on a mobile phone while driving. The Assemblyman has sponsored legislation since 2003 which called for assigning one point to the driving record of persons who operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone. Ortiz is encouraged by this tough new stance the Department is taking on talking on a phone while driving. “Individuals, families and communities alike have been devastated as a result of inattentive and distracted driving. I am hopeful that the New York State DMV will extend this law on to those who text while driving,” stated Assemblyman Ortiz.
There is tremendous evidence that mobile phone use while driving is dangerous for everyone on the road. Studies have shown that the risk of an accident doubles when drivers are distracted for more than two seconds. Assemblyman Ortiz recognized the danger cellular phones posed back in 1996 when he introduced the first legislation in the country banning cell phone use while driving. In the 15 years since, the Assemblyman has been encouraged by the steps taken to prevent drivers from talking on their mobile phones, but continues to advocate for harsher penalties for both texting and talking.
“I thank Executive Deputy Commissioner J. David Sampson for realizing the dangers associated with talking on a cell phone while driving, and for taking a tough stance against those who violate the law,” stated Ortiz. The Assemblyman continues to maintain that no one should be using cellular telephones while driving, regardless of age or use of hands free headsets.