In New York City and the state of New York, it is illegal to use a mobile telephone while driving. This includes for talking or for texting. Not only are there fines for violating the law, but points can also be added to one's driver's license record. The license can ultimately be suspended if the threshold of points is reached. The law is designed to prevent an increase in car accidents caused by distracted driving due to the use of digital devices.
One man who lost a son to texting and driving is spearheading a legislative effort to strengthen the current law. He is supporting a proposal currently being considered by the New York Assembly and Senate to initiate a "textalyzer" procedure to check a driver's cell phone for activity that occurred just prior to the occurrence of an auto accident. The bill will not criminalize the use of cell phones prior to an accident, but one could lose one's driver's license for repeat violations.