BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New fine increases for distracted driving violations go into effect Friday. Increased fines for texting while driving or using an electronic handheld device while driving were part of the 2013-14 budget.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says the new fines will send a tough message to drivers, that distracted driving is a serious problem with serious consequences.
The new minimum fines & maximum fines are below:
• For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and maximum fine increases to $150.
• For a second offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $200.
• For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400.
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