Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday aimed at cracking down on young drivers who text behind the wheel.
Drivers with permits and probationary or junior licenses will now have their licenses suspended for 60 days if they are caught texting while driving.
If they are caught again within six months, they will get higher penalties.
Cuomo said the law will save lives.
"There are more fatalities and injuries caused by texting and distracted driving than by drunk driving," Cuomo said.
Statistics show texting while driving is a popular trend among teenage drivers.
The new penalties took effect immediately.