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Distracted Driving Laws for Teens in New York

Distracted driving is a significant issue in America, especially among teenage drivers. In New York, there are specific laws aimed at curbing this risky behavior and keeping everyone on the road safe.

Understanding these laws and the potential consequences of violating them is important for parents and teens alike. In this article, we’ll explore New York’s distracted driving laws and discuss the legal implications for teens. If you need legal assistance, Gash & Associates, P.C. in White Plains, NY, offers a free consultation to help you navigate these issues and protect your rights.

Understanding New York’s Distracted Driving Laws for Teens

New York enforces strict laws to curb distracted driving, especially among teens. Under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1225-D, it is illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while driving, which includes making phone calls, texting, emailing, or using apps. This law applies universally to everyone, but is particularly enforced among teen drivers to ensure they remain focused on the road. Additionally, for drivers under 18 with a junior license or learner’s permit, the use of any electronic device, including hands-free devices, is completely banned.

To further reinforce these laws, New York has a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. This program aims to reduce high-risk driving behaviors among new drivers by gradually increasing their driving privileges as they gain more experience and maturity. Teens start with a learner’s permit, progress to a junior license, and finally earn an unrestricted license.

The Consequences of New York Distracted Driving Laws

The consequences of violating New York’s distracted driving laws can be harsh, especially for teen drivers. When a teen driver is caught using a handheld device while driving, they face a fine of up to $200 and five points on their driving record. Gaining points in this way can lead to increased insurance premiums and the suspension of their junior license or learner’s permit.

If the teen is involved in an accident due to distracted driving, they can be held liable for the damages they caused to other people or property. They (and their families) can become legally responsible for the other driver’s repairs, replacements, or medical bills.

They face not only legal and financial consequences, but the physical consequences of serious injuries or fatalities. These incidents can also have emotional and psychological impacts that profoundly affect the teen and their families for years.

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New York’s liability laws are designed to protect everyone on the road. The distracted driving laws have a particular focus on teens because we want them to develop safe behaviors early on. The legal penalties and the financial, physical, and emotional consequences of violating these laws are important for teens and their families to understand. If you or your teenage family member has been involved in a distracted driving accident, seeking legal advice can help you take the right steps moving forward.

At Gash & Associates, P.C. in White Plains, NY, we offer a free consultation to inform you of your rights, and assist you with these challenges. Call us at (914) 328-8800 to learn how we can help.