City Crackdown on Hand-Held Devices

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    Chances are that you're going to get a ticket for talking on the cell phone while driving

    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.