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Drivers Who Use Cell Phones Now Face Tougher Penalties

November 3, 2014
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On November 1, 2014, the following changes to the cell phone/texting laws for drivers with a probationary license, Class DJ, Class MJ or a learner permit take effect (for cell phone and texting violations committed on or after November 1, 2014):

  • Conviction will result in a mandatory 120-day driver license or permit suspension.
  • Subsequent convictions within six months of a license restoration will result in a a revocation of at least one year of a probationary license, junior license or learner permit.

On November 1, 2014, maximum fines for cell phone and/or texting use while driving will increase (for cell phone and texting violations committed on or after November 1, 2014):

  • For a first offense, $50 to $200
  • For a second offense committed within 18 months, $50 to $250
  • For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, $50 to $450

Click here for more info from the DMV.

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