Last week, I noticed signs along Route 9 flashing messages such as 'That text can wait, arrive alive', 'Stop texting and driving', etc. It turns out they were part of a campaign the New York State Police conducted from April 10 through April 15 called Operation Hang Up, to enforce the law and raise awareness and deterrence of distracted driving.

Operation Hang Up targeted drivers who were texting while driving or talking on handheld devices. Troopers also were on the look-out for distracted or impaired drivers, those not properly buckled up, or violating the “Move Over Law.”

According to the New York State Police, they issued 17,447 tickets, 2,752 of them for cell phone or texting while driving. Other tickets issued were 5,557 for speeding, 187 for DWI, 924 for safety restraint violations, and 233 for the Move Over Law.


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