New York State Police To Target Distracted Drivers During Operation Hang Up



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.

This is the second installment of the program. Police ticketed more than 800 distracted drivers last Thanksgiving during the first Operation Hang Up campaign.

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.

“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.

{WCBS 880 Radio/ Newscenter}


  1. Forget driving – have you seen the people walking with the cellphone glued to their ear? They’re a danger to themselves and anyone else who is unlucky enough to cross their path.

    And speaking of walking – driving while phoning causes pedestrians problems. Think about the person yacking on the phone while making a right turn on red – leaving the hapless pedestrian who’s crossing with the light to make a gazelle-like leap to safety justi n time to keep from getting flattened.

    However, no matter how much they enforce the laws, I don’t think it will ever be safe to drive in New York. NYC is the only town I’ve ever heard of where you can get run over while standing on the sidewalk.

  2. #! – No. Because you’re going to forget and keep on when you’ve taken your foot off the brake. And remember those officers will assume you were doing it before – why should they give you the benefit of the doubt when the person you hit could be their brother?

  3. On the other hand, cops have also been lying through their teeth and giving innocent people tickets for driving while using cell phones.