NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Those who can’t keep their hands off their devices while driving will now face stiffer penalties in New York.
Beginning Saturday, new drivers who are caught using a cell phone without a hands-free device could face a 120-day license suspension.READ MORE: NYPD Det. Jason Rivera's Widow Criticizes Manhattan DA's Policy Changes During Eulogy
A second offense will lead to a year-long suspension.
More experienced motorists will now face steeper fines for repeat offenses.
Drivers who are caught using a hand-held phone twice within an 18-month period will now be fined $250 — up from $200.READ MORE: TIMELINE: Nor'easter Could Bring More Than A Foot Of Snow To Long Island & Jersey Shore; Up To 8 Inches To NYC
The $50 fine for a first offense remained unchanged.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said since driving habits start early, tougher penalties should remind younger drivers that texting while driving is unsafe and unacceptable.
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