The State Senate passed a measure late Thursday that bans the use of personal electronic devices while driving.
When the governor signs the bill into law, drivers in New York State will not be able to text message, email, play online games or surf the World Wide Web will driving.
The State Assembly previously approved the bill and drivers in Chelsea, Manhattan told NY1 today that they will comply.
"It's a danger to other people on the road," said one driver.
"I don't do that. I drive a lot and I see it, very very dangerous," said another.
"It's hard to do," said a driver who had pulled over to check his messages.
Fines will range up to $150 and the law covers laptops as well. But police will not be able to pull drivers over unless they have observed them breaking another law first.
The legislation passed after intensive lobbying from a western New York woman whose son died as he drove and text-messaged near his home.
"I think a lot of people are overconfident, think they have the ability to do many things, or multitasking all the time, but it's really not safe to be distracted," said a local driver.
Governor David Paterson said the law is a long overdue safety measure and is expected to sign the legislation into law soon.