Late last week, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he has directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement tougher penalties for texting-while-driving for all drivers, effective immediately, and proposed new penalties for texting-while-driving for young and new drivers.
Additionally, the governor has directed the New York State Police to increase enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban. According to the governor's office, it will mean more checkpoints and troopers patrolling on the roads across the state throughout the summer.
[June 6th Update: Both houses of the State Legislature have approved legislation, which will be signed into law by Governor Cuomo, to suspend the licenses of young drivers caught texting and driving. Read more here, and here.]