NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Drivers who think they’re getting away with texting or using a hand-held device in New York State might want to think again this week.
Operation Hang Up is back.READ MORE: Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers, Department Of Education Workers Put On Hold By Federal Judge
This is the second installment of the program. Police ticketed more than 800 distracted drivers last Thanksgiving during the first Operation Hang Up campaign.
WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reports
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law last summer that makes using a handheld electronic device while driving a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers caught in the act.
The penalty for using a handheld device while driving has been increased from two to three points.READ MORE: Gabby Petito's Father Announces Creation Of Gabby Petito Foundation Ahead Of Public Memorial Service
1010 WINS’ John Montone reports
“Using a cell phone while driving is illegal and puts other motorists in danger,” Cuomo said.”This second campaign will enable State Police to step up enforcement measures to send a clear message to drivers: keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel”
Roughly 3,000 deaths last year were attributed to distracted driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls it a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways.
Operation Hang Up will last through Sunday.MORE NEWS: Gov. Kathy Hochul Increases Pressure On COVID Vaccine Holdouts As Deadline For Health Care Workers Approaches
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