Distracted Driving Tickets
An Effective Rockland County Traffic Ticket Attorney Can Help
With the rise of personal device and smartphone use has come a new kind of road hazard: Distracted Driving. The prevalence of talking and texting while driving has forced lawmakers to pass laws against these types of behavior behind the wheel. These vehicle laws can result in hefty fines and put considerable points on your license—putting you that much closer to a DMV suspension.
If you have been cited for Distracted Driving, you do not necessarily have to accept the consequences. Many of these new laws are broad and don't keenly address the subtleties of a driver's given situation. The Law Office of Brian Berkowitz is a firm dedicated to helping New York drivers navigate these kinds of legal matters. Attorney Berkowitz is a proven Rockland County traffic ticket lawyer who has helped countless clients refute their tickets and avoid penalties and suspensions.
Contact the firm today to further explore your distracted driving ticket defense options.
Distracted Driving Laws & Defenses
There are two laws that were written to address distracted driving: Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1225-c, which addresses talking on mobile (cell) phones, and Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1225-d, which addresses using electronic devices (including texting while driving). These laws were specifically written to address a number of different circumstances, but still leave a number of key determinations to be had on whether or not a ticket is truly warranted.
- Key factors in a distracted driving case can include:
- Was it an emergency situation?
- Was the vehicle in motion?
- Was the phone being used "hands-free?"
- Was the device actually being used (and not just held)?
- Does the driver have a strong driving record?
A Distracted Driving ticket for using electronic devices (including texting while driving) can result in a $200.00 fine. A distracted driving ticket for talking on a mobile phone can also result in $200.00 fine. Both types of tickets add five points to your license.
For more information on your ticket defense options and how the Law Office of Brian Berkowitz can help, call (845) 638-9200 now.