Talking on Phone Getting Expensive in N.Y.

November 25, 2002

According to a USA Today report, less than one year after it was implemented, a New York law has netted the state at least $4.6 million in additional revenues as police have ticketed 45,781 motorists for DWT, that is, Driving While Talking.

The law, which took effect Nov. 1, 2001, provides for a $100 fine for a first offense, a $200 hit for offense number two, and $500 for each offense after that.

Exceptions are made for drivers fearing for their safety, reporting traffic accidents or calling 911. Hands-free talkers and CB’ers are also exempt. Law enforcement officials must catch drivers in the act of talking while driving to make a traffic stop.

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