Those higher fines for distracted driving, passed as part of the state budget, have gone into effect this weekend. Governor Cuomo says for a first offense, the fine is 50 to 150 dollars. For a second offense within 18 months, the fine is 50 to 200 dollars and for a third or subsequent offense within 18 months, the maximum fine is now 400 dollars. On June 1st, the DMV increased the number of points earned against an individual’s driving record for conviction for texting-while-driving and cell-phone related infractions from three to five. On July 1st, the Governor signed legislation that he spearheaded creating new penalties for distracted driving for young and new drivers. State Police are conducting a distracted driving crackdown this summer.