New York state has announced that it will now require all motorists to turn off their smartphones at intersections to avoid being ticketed for speeding.
As of today, drivers must turn off the device at an intersection, in order to be issued a ticket.
The state’s traffic ticketing agency says that the move is necessary to make sure people don’t get caught speeding by accident.
The new rule is designed to improve enforcement of New York State’s speeding laws and help the state avoid the embarrassing consequences of the last few years of New Year traffic ticket litigation.
The changes come just one day after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that New York drivers had the right to turn their devices off while crossing a street.
The court found that New Yorkers were not required to turn the devices off at intersections during their turn, but that drivers were given a reasonable amount of time to do so.
The New York Civil Liberties Union has hailed the ruling, which the Supreme Court says makes it easier for motorists to avoid fines by turning off their devices.
The state has previously said that motorists who do not turn off smartphones at traffic lights would face fines ranging from $500 to $1,000, depending on how close to the intersection the violation occurs.
The fine was set at $300 for each violation.