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Hands free – Or else

Getting caught talking on your cell phone will now cost you more then just money.

Starting Wednesday, February 16, drivers will receive two points on their license for getting caught on their cell phone without using a hands-free device.  These points will be in addition to the $150 fine that comes with the ticket. Texting while driving already carries a two point penalty.

“Distracted driving is one of the most serious dangers on our roadways today,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner J. David Sampson. “By strengthening the current law, our hope is that motorists will become even more aware of the potential consequences of their actions if they use a cell phone while driving.”

According to the DMV driver distraction is the cause of at least one in five accidents.

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