Cellular Phone Legislation
Effective November 1, 2001
Routine use of cellular telephones while driving is prohibited in New York State, pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1225c.
- Driver uses a hands-free phone or one so equipped as to allow use of the phone without the use of either hand.
- The purpose of the call is to communicate an emergency to police, fire, ambulance, or doctor.
- Operators of authorized emergency vehicles in performance of their official duties.
- Beginning November 1, 2001, police may stop and issue a verbal warning to violators.
- Beginning December 1, 2001, violators may be issued a ticket for a traffic infraction resulting in a fine of up to $100.
For more information visit our Crime Prevention & Safety Publications section for a downloadable brochure.