ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that will allow police to stop drivers they see texting while driving.
Previously, police could only cite a driver for the traffic violation of distracted driving if they were stopped primarily for another offense, such as speeding.
Thirty-four states as well as the District of Columbia and Guam already make texting while driving a primary violation.
The bill was passed by the Legislature this year and signed Tuesday. Drivers will face up to a $150 fine for texting while driving.
Cuomo will also seek tougher penalties through regulation for texting and talking on a cell phone.
The new law comes after texting contributed to several fatal accidents in New York.