A new regulation means drivers who don't hang up the phone could face a tougher penalty. Our Sabina Kuriakose explains how, starting Wednesday, distracted driving could cost you more than a ticket.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York State DMV is giving drivers even more reason not to talk or text on cell phones while driving. Not only could it cause an accident, but with a new law kicking in on Wednesday, it could mean two points tacked onto your license. The Department of Motor Vehicles announced the legislation Monday.
Texting can already earn you two points, but this is the first time points will be given for talking as well.
DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner David Sampson said he hopes the prospect will make more people put down their cell phones.
"We hope it to be a deterrent much in the way that when the seat belt law was first drafted decades ago," Sampson said. "At first there was a very little compliance with it and now New York State leads the nation with 90 percent seat belt use. We hope we can have the same impact because distracted driving has now become one of the most serious problems on our highways today."
Last year over 5,000 people were killed nationwide and 440,000 were injured due to distracted drivers.