Last month’s crackdown on distracted driving in New York resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of tickets issued to drivers across the state. April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and New York police aggressively ticketed drivers using cell phones while driving, violating the Move Over Law, or committing other traffic infractions.
In Suffolk County alone, officers issued over 930 citations for distracted driving in April, a 117% increase from last year. At the same time, the incidence of reported motor vehicle crashes decreased by 11.75%, down to 3,320 accidents for the month. In Farmingdale County, troopers issued 470 tickets for cell phone use, 314 texting tickets, and 26 Move Over Law citations.
The crackdown was a part of an ongoing initiative by Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee called Operation Hang Up, which was instituted after a 2012 study revealed a strong correlation between distracted driving violations and motor vehicle crashes. The initiative granted $450,000 to New York State Police to enforce distracted driving rules for the year of 2016.
In New York, the use of a cell phone or other electronic device while driving falls under VTL 1225-c and 1225-d. These laws prohibit drivers from talking, texting, or using apps on cell phones as well as from using any other electronic device such as an MP3 player or camera. Those who violate the law face fines of up to $200 for a first offense, plus five points added to their license.
If you have been ticketed for violating any of New York’s vehicle and traffic laws, contact the the Rosenblum Law Firm to help reduce any penalties you may face. Email Adam H. Rosenblum or call 888-203-2619 today for a free consultation about your case.