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"
while performing their duties.
red and/or white emergency lighting.
drivers must move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle,
unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.
"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.