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New York State Thruway Cops Cracking Down On Drivers Using Cell Phones

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - New York State Thruway drivers are being warned.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell On The Story

“If you use a hand-held cell phone or you’re texting while driving, you should fully expect to receive a ticket,” said Thruway Authority spokeswoman Betsy Feldstein.

Operation Hang Up, which resulted in a thousand tickets during last year’s blitz, is back.

Of course, the problem isn’t just on the Thruway. Capt. Bill Barbera of the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office says motorists don’t understand the risks.

“People are driving with their cell phones in their hands on the steering wheel and they’re taking their eyes off the road. That’s almost the same as driving while intoxicated,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Barbera says texting while driving can be deadly.

Have you seen people doing things behind the wheel that they really shouldn’t be doing? Share your story below in the comments section!

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