The state of New York bans the use of handheld phones and texting.Note: Under both laws, a driver violating the law commits a primary offense and receives a fine and a 3-point penalty on his or her driver's license.
Under both laws, holding electronic devices is a presumption of use.
On-duty emergency, medical, and law enforcement personnel are exempt.
All drivers are prohibited from engaging in calls on mobile phones or electronic devices requiring the use of one hand while operating a motor vehicle that is in motion (NY Vehicle and Traffic Code Sec. 1225-c). Calls from hands-free devices are permitted.
Drivers are allowed to make calls from handheld phones and electronic devices to report an emergency or call an ambulance or the fire or police department.
All drivers are prohibited from using portable electronic devices to compose, send, or write text messages or e-mails; view, take, or transmit images; play games; or view or transmit other electronic data while operating a vehicle in motion (NY Vehicle and Traffic Code Sec. 1225-d).
Points against the license of a driver who was convicted of using a handheld electronic device or text messaging have been raised from 3 to 5 points. Fines have also increased up to $450 for third or subsequent violations.
To make state law comply with regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, commercial drivers "temporarily stationery" or stopped on interstate highways in New York are not permitted to talk or text from handheld electronic devices that require the depression of a button to function. Violation of the law means suspension of the driver's commercial license and ...