SYOSSET - Do you talk on your cell phone while you drive? As of today, if you are caught, you risk getting two points on your driving record.
Officials at the Deparmtent of Motor Vehicles (DMV) say since drivers are still talking on their phones behind the wheel, they are strengthening the punishment in addition to a fine of up to $150.
Robert Sinclair, of AAA, says in comparison to other states, New York has far more lenient penalties.
According to an AAA study, texting or talking on a cell phone behind the wheel can make drivers 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash. In 2009 alone, 5,500 people died in crashes involving distracted drivers.
Police say if a driver gets 11 points in 18 months, it will lead to a license suspension.
The DMV says even if a driver gets just six points on his or her license within 18 months, the driver will be forced to pay an additional $100 driver-responsibility assessment fee.
New law puts points on license for texting, talking while driving