Cuomo Signs Tough New Anti Texting And Driving Bill Into Law

07.02.13 | Abby Lutcher

Those traffic violations already carry fines. The legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly applies to drivers with permits and probationary or junior licenses. They’ll now face a 60-day suspension for a first offense. A second offense within six months will revoke a probationary license for six months and a junior license for 60 days. Governor Cuomo says it's all about changing behavior. “Talk to your children, talk to your young people. Explain it to them. It's education. Part of it is socialization." Sponsors cited a 2011 survey showing 45 percent of students 16 and older texted or emailed while driving in the previous 30 days. New York reported the number of cell phone-related crashes more than doubled from 2005 to 2011.