NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD initiated a 24-hour cell phone crackdown Tuesday, looking for drivers who illegally use the devices while behind the wheel.

It was part of the Department’s focus on traffic violations linked to death and injury.

The Department said “the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving a vehicle is illegal. In addition, driving while texting or talking on a cell phone is dangerous and endangers both drivers and pedestrians.”

Violators face a $100 fine and two penalty points on their license.

Police issued an average of 611 summonses a day to drivers last year for breaking the law.

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