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Armonk Drivers Who Use Cell Phones Now Face Tougher Penalties

Maximum fines for texting and driving were raised in New York effective Nov. 1.
Maximum fines for texting and driving were raised in New York effective Nov. 1. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Drivers in Westchester County and throughout New York State could face tougher fines and penalties if caught texting and driving as of Saturday, Nov. 1.

The minimum penalties for texting and driving remained the same, but the maximum penalties were each raised $50. The maximum fine for a first offense was raised from $150 to $200. A second offense within 18 months has been raised from $200 to $250. Three or more offenses within 18 months now carries a maximum fine of $450, up from $400.

Texting and driving citations will be a five-point violation for the driver. Drivers on a juvenile license could have their driving privilege suspended for up to one year.

Click here to read more about distracted driving from the DMV.

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