13 months from now, the penalties for illegally using your cell phone behind the wheel are going to increase significantly.

According to Dino Flammia from our own Townsquare News Network,

Motorists caught talking on a handheld device or texting will face a minimum $200 fine for a first offense, and a maximum of $400. A second offense could cost the driver $600, and third or subsequent offenses have a maximum fine of $800.

In its current form, cell phone use behind the wheel equals a fine of $100.

Anyone convicted of more than two offenses would also be subject to a 90-day driver’s license suspension.

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