As of 2/16/2011, the NYS DMV added 2 points to the $100 penalty for using your handheld cellphone. Texting and driving is 2 points plus $150 fine.
A 2009 study by the Federal Highway Administration said that drivers who texted while driving were 23 times more likely to crash. The same study showed that talking on a hand-held cell phone... while driving made drivers four times as likely to crash.
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