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State Troopers To Watch For Motorists Using Cell Phones On NY Thruway

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A New York State Thruway toll plaza - Buffalo, NY - File / Photo: AP

A New York State Thruway toll plaza (credit: AP)

NANUET, N.Y. (WCBS 880)New York State troopers will once again be on the lookout for cell phone users behind the wheel.

The crackdown starts on Monday and runs until Thursday. Some drivers in Rockland County voiced their support for the initiative, given how often they spy fellow motorists taking their eyes off the road.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports.

“Idiots galore, texting, I tell you, I even see cops do it. It’s true,” one truck driver said.

“Yesterday I was driving back from work and there was, easy, half a dozen people still on the cell phones. I think it’s the easiest thing to catch in the world, but I don’t think there’s enough people looking at it,” another motorist said.

The New York State Thruway Authority said a year ago in their crackdown on phones and gadgets at the wheel, troopers handed out nearly 900 tickets just on the Thruway in a few days.

An infraction earns a driver a $100 fine plus a $60 surcharge.

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