The city is cracking down on drivers who use hand-held phones while driving in a 24-hour crackdown period that begins midnight Thursday.
Using hand-held phones while driving is illegal, and the NYPD stresses that it is hazardous to the driver, other drivers and pedestrians.
There is a $130 fine in the city for drivers who break this rule.
On average, officers issued 536 tickets a day to individuals who use hand-held device in 2008. The NYPD says 7,432 drivers were ticketed for this violation in an August 20, 2009 crackdown similar to the one on Thursday.