NY to Increase Texting Penalty For Junior Drivers

ALBANY (AP) -

New York lawmakers have voted to suspend the licenses of young drivers for 60 days when they’re caught texting or using a hand-held cell phone while on the road.

The legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly on Wednesday applies to drivers with permits and probationary or junior licenses. The traffic violations already carry fines but violators now face a 60-day suspension for a first offense. A second offense within six months would revoke a probationary license for six months and a junior license for 60 days.