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NYPD Holds Day 2 Of Distracted Driving Crackdown

FILE - A police car patrols in Brooklyn. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

FILE – A police car patrols in Brooklyn. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is holding its second day of a citywide ticket blitz this week looking for drivers using cell phones and failing to yield to pedestrians.

Friday’s citywide initiative, which was also held on Tuesday, is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program, which is aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities.

Police will be looking for drivers who are talking or texting on cell phones or going through intersections without yielding to pedestrians.

Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NYPD will be breaking out the radar guns for strict enforcement of speed limits, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

“If you’re following the rules, you don’t have a problem,” said Chief Thomas Chan, head of the NYPD’s Transportation Bureau. “But if you’re speeding, then speeders beware.”

Chan says highway officers as well as officers in precincts throughout the city will be taking part in the crackdown on speeders.

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