Cuomo toughens texting-while-driving penalties

By Kelly McCarthy

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Drivers that are caught using their cellphone while driving will now face a bigger penalty. Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking action to protect drivers on the road.

The Governor is strengthening penalties for texting-while-driving that will take effect on Friday.

Starting June 1st, all drivers pulled over for texting and cell phone use will now see five points added to his or her license, instead of the current three points.

Cuomo is also proposing new legislation for new or younger drivers. Under the proposed legislation, drivers with junior or probationary licenses will be suspended for 60 days for first convictions.

"It's especially prevalent for your drivers and as we've said it's a bad combination," said Governor Andrew Cuomo, (D) New York. "The inexperience plus the distraction can be a deadly combination."

Cuomo is asking for all New York State Police to crackdown on texting-while-driving violations for the summer starting this weekend. This will mean more checkpoints and troopers patrolling on the roads across the state.