Crackdown Targets Drivers on Cell Phones

By Grace West
|  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 6:16 PM EDT
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Crackdown Targets Drivers on Cell Phones

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The NYPD has announced its first 2010 citywide crackdown on drivers using hand-held devices.

The initiative is aimed at promoting safe driving.  In a statement, the NYPD said "texting or talking on a cell phone is dangerous and endangers both drivers and pedestrians."

The 24-hour initiative will begin at midnight on Thursday, and will span across the five boroughs.  Those caught using a hand-held device while driving will be fined $130, and as in the past, officers will be relentless and accept no excuses.

This follows the many one-day ticket blitzes that occurred last year, with a March crackdown that resulted in about 9,000 summonses. In 2009, the NYPD issued an average 617 summonses a day to violators.
 

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