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I got a ticket for talking on a cell phone in NY - "operating a moving vehicle while use of cell phone." The police officer told me it carries no points. What does this mean? I plan to just pay the fine without going to court. If there are no points involved, will it affect my insurance rates?


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New York state law does not allow you to use a hand-held cell phone or mobile device while you drive. You may use a hand-held cell phone or mobile device only when you call 911 or contact medical, fire or police help in an emergency. You can be ticketed for using a hand-held cell phone or mobile device while driving, and will be required to pay a maximum fine of $100 and mandatory surcharges of $50.

If you receive a ticket for this violation, it is not considered a probationary license violation and the DMV does not assign any violation points to the driver's record.

While it depends on the insurance company, most insurers may not increase your insurance rates for just one minor violation like this. However repeated offenses may be of concern to your insurance company. In addition, some carriers will remove any added driver discounts for zero violations. 

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3 Responses to "I got a ticket for talking on a cell phone in NY - "operating a moving vehicle while use of cell phone." The police officer told me it carries no points. What does this mean? I plan to just pay the fine without going to court. If there are no points involved, will it affect my insurance rates?"
  1. Anonymous

    thanks for clarifying this.

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  2. Anonymous

    answers everything i needed to know but just how do i pay this online????

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  3. Anonymous

    thanks so much

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