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.