WOODBURY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) is cracking down on drivers who text behind the wheel.

Cuomo signed into law today a new measure that makes the driving distraction a primary offense. Police can now pull someone over simply for texting, while in the past they needed another reason, such as speeding.

State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) helped sponsor the bill, which covers holding an electronic device, browsing, reading and taking a picture while driving. Offenders will face two points on their license and a $150 fine.

To see a full interview with Sen. Marcellino on the new texting law, tune to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

State Senate toughens laws against texting while driving