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Budget includes tougher texting penalties for new drivers

Tougher texting-while-driving penalties for teenaged and new drivers were included in this year’s state budget agreement, while harsher penalties for driving while intoxicated were dropped.


In his budget proposal in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a one-year suspension for a texting-while-driving conviction for a driver under the age of 21. For drivers of any age who were convicted of a third drunken or drugged driving charge, Cuomo proposed a permanent revocation of their licenses.

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