NYPD Crackdown on Cell Gabbing Drivers Nets 3,700

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    Put the phone down!

    Police have sent a message to more than 3,700 drivers they say were talking or texting behind the wheel in New York City: Hang up.

    The New York Police Department issued 3,753 summonses for using hand-held cell phones while driving during the first 18 hours of a daylong crackdown Thursday. Each ticket carries a fine of up to $150.

    The department says it issued an average of 617 summonses a day last year for cell-phone offenses.