ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State Police will be conducting cell phone and texting while driving crackdown April 10 - 15.
A press release says troopers participating crackdown, which is called "Operation Hang Up", will be stepping up patrols and checkpoints throughout the state.
"The message is clear: distracted driving is deadly and it will simply not be tolerated on New York roads,” Governor Cuomo said. “With stricter laws and crack downs like this one we are working to make New York a safer state for all our drivers. Vigilance is particularly important as young motorists develop habits that will stay with them throughout their lifetime. I urge all New Yorkers to hang up, keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel so that no one has to unnecessarily suffer the pain of losing a loved one at the hands of a text.”
Current laws include strict penalties for distracted drivers:
· For a first offense: the minimum fine is $50 and maximum fine increases to $150.
· For a second offense committed within 18 months: the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $200.
· For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months: the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400.
A press release says during New York's last "Operation Hang Up" from November 27 to December 1, 2013, police issued more than 875 tickets. More than 625 tickets were for talking on the phone without a hands free device and more than 250 for texting while driving.