In recognition of April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, New York State Police increased traffic enforcement through “Operation Hang Up,” cracking down on distracted drivers using cell phones while behind the wheel.
The traffic blitz, in effect from Friday, April 10, 2015, through Wednesday, April 15, 2015, resulted in New York State police issuing a total of 17,447 traffic citations statewide. According to the report, 2,752 of the citations issued were for using a cell phone while driving. These tickets were a combination of talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving, texting, or using an electronic device while driving.
Troopers used marked State Police vehicles and unmarked CITE (Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement) vehicles as part of the operation. These vehicles are able to blend in with everyday traffic until the emergency lights are activated.
Troopers also targeted impaired drivers, those not properly buckled up, or those who violated the ‘Move Over Law\’ on multi-lane highways. A sampling of the tickets issued from the April 10-15 ticket blitz can be found below:
- Speeding: 5,557 citations
- Safety Restraint Violations: 924 citations
- DWI (persons ticketed): 187 citations
- Distracted Driving: 2,752 citations
- Move Over Law: 233 citations
The number of citations issued for distracted driving during this blitz more than tripled from the previous Thanksgiving weekend blitz. During the 2014 Thanksgiving weekend, State Police issued more than 11,000 tickets, including more than 550 tickets for distracted driving.
In the announcement for “Operation Hang Up”, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said, “Driving while using a cell phone or other electronic device is a serious violation and will not be permitted in New York State. No message or call is worth another person’s life. State Troopers will not hesitate to give tickets to drivers who don\’t heed this simple message.”
Two more safe driving initiatives were announced by the New York State police for the month of April: Operation Safe Stop and Speed Week, which ran from April 16-22.
If you were issued a New York traffic citation during the week of April 10-15 or anytime contact Rosenblum Law at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation with one of our experienced traffic attorneys.