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Toughest texting and driving penalties in effect

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New York State now has the toughest laws in the nation to deal with distracted drivers.

On Friday, the new penalty for texting while driving went into effect.

Violators will receive five points on their license and a minimum $230 fine.

In New York State, a driver who receives 11 points in 18 months, loses their license for one month.

Studies have shown distracted drivers are 23 times more likely to get into an accident than those that are not distracted.

 

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