New York State Police Conduct Operation To Catch Distracted Drivers

by mhoffman | April 23rd, 2012

April 23, 2012

Statistics from the National Highway Transportation Administration show that drivers who use hand held devices while driving are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal or injury-causing accident. CBS 6 News reports that, in response to this danger, New York State Police are beginning a ticket blitz today that will run through the remainder of the week aimed at catching drivers illegally using electronic devices behind the wheel.

Troopers say the campaign, called “Operation Hang Up,” comes on the heels of Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing a new law in July that stiffened the penalties for anyone caught texting while driving by raising the number of points a driver receives on his license for a violation from two to three. The change also made texting and driving a primary offense, meaning officers can now pull a vehicle over if the driver is suspected of using a handheld device.

A similar operation, which was conducted during Thanksgiving weekend of last year, netted an estimated total of more than 800 drivers who were ticketed for offenses involving the use of a handheld device.

The New York Car Accident Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices would like to remind motorists that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. You can do your part and participate by putting your cellphone down when driving and encouraging other drivers to do the same when you are  a passenger.