As discussed months ago, New York is now just a signature away from enacting a law banning text messaging while driving. Both the Assembly and dysfunctional Senate approved a bill which would make it illegal to read or write text messages while operating a motor vehicle. Once Governor David Patterson signs this bill, it will become effective in November 2009. I am sure that a conviction to this charge will negatively impact your auto insurance rates (similar to the way a cell phone law violation can result in an auto insurance surcharge).
What wasn’t anticipated, however, was the addition of all electronic devices to the law. Specifically, New York politicians extended this law to also include such devices as iPods and other mp3 players. Further, if a motorist violates this soon-to-be-enacted law while committing another moving infraction (such as speeding or beating a red light), an additional $150 will be added to the fine.