Summer 2001, p.10

NY State Bans Driving with Handheld Cell Phones

Starting Dec. 1, 2001 motorists using handheld cell phones will face $100 fines. Through February 2002, those fines can be dismissed if violators are able to prove they have bought a hands-free phone, which will still be legal. Phoning and driving increases the risk of crashing to the same level as driving drunk. Unfortunately, the same public health specialists who revealed this information also report that the increased danger of crashing remains the same whether a handheld or hands-free phone is used.

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