NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Talking and driving has been illegal in New York State for nearly a decade but starting Wednesday motorists face a more severe punishment for doing so.

One driver tells 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg that he still talks on his handheld cell phone behind the wheel

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports Suffolk County cops have already started cracking down harder on drivers

Now, in addition to a ticket and $100 fine, a violation will cost you two points on your license. Points can raise auto insurance costs and lead to the suspension of a driver’s license if a person gets 11 points within 18 months.

A two-point penalty has already been in place in New York for over a year for texting while driving. The DMV decided to add the points-punishment for talking in hopes of reducing the number of distracted driving incidents.

The department said distracted drivers contribute to a fifth of all accidents statewide.

New York was the first state to ban driving and talking on handheld cell phones in November 2001.

Related: NYC Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Talking and Walking

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