Fines For Cell Phone Use to Increase.

February 15, 2011 Updated Feb 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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February 15, 2011 Updated Feb 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM EDT

(Erie County, N.Y.) The penalties for talking on a handheld cell phone while driving are being changed.

Starting Wednesday February 16th, anyone found guilty of breaking New York's Cell Phone Violation Law will be fined $100 and have 2-points added to their license.

Previously, only drivers convicted of 'texting' and driving had 2-points added to their license. Talking on a handheld cell phone only carried a $100 fine.

The New York State Department Motor Vehicles (DMV) said they made the change to make "motorists aware of the potential consequences of their actions if they use a cell phone while driving."

The new regulation will align the point penalty for both violations.