Text Box:    North Greenbush Police Department

Frequently Asked Questions


New York prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices.


Illegal activity includes holding an electronic device and:


· Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages

· Viewing, taking, or transmitting images

· Playing games


The penalty for a violation of this law shall be a fine of up to $150 and 3 driver penalty points. It is a primary law, which means an officer may stop you if you are observed using a hand held device. The law does not penalize drivers using a handheld electronic device that is affixed to a vehicle surface or using a GPS device that is attached to the vehicle, or if drivers are using a handheld device to report an emergency to the authorities.

The law defines the following terms as:

(a) "Portable electronic device" shall mean any hand-held mobile telephone, as defined by subdivision one of section twelve hundred twenty-five-c of this article, personal digital assistant (PDA), handheld device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, or portable computing device.

(b) "Using" shall mean holding a portable electronic device while viewing, taking or transmitting images, playing games, or composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving e-mail, text messages, or other electronic data.

New Law - Effective January 1, 2011

"Move Over Act"

Protects law enforcement officers and emergency workers stopped along roadways

while performing their duties.

 - Drivers must use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays

red and/or white emergency lighting.
 - On all roads and highways, drivers must reduce speed;
 - On Parkways and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes,

drivers must move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle,

unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.

•Fine of up to $275, plus mandatory court surcharges
•Two points on the driver’s license record

"Trailer Hitch - Rumor"

Despite persistent rumors, it is not illegal to leave the trailer hitch ball mount

in the receiver on the vehicle when not towing.