Governor Cuomo announced today that actions to strengthen penalties for texting while driving will begin this weekend. The Governor has directed the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting while driving ban during the summer starting this weekend. This will mean more checkpoints and troopers patrolling on the roads across the state throughout the summer.

The Governor said quote: “As the father of three teenagers, I know firsthand the importance of instilling safe practices in our young drivers who are developing lifelong habits as they learn to navigate the road, Inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination, one this legislation seeks to deter. We are urging young and inexperienced drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, while putting stronger penalties in place for drivers of all ages who violate the law and put others in danger. No parent should have to experience losing a child at the hands of a text message.”