Crackdown on dialing while driving paying off

ALBANY – More than 500 tickets were issued on the New York State Thruway to motorists using a hand held cell phone while driving during the April 11 – April 14 “Operation Hang-Up V” enforcement initiative, according to the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police Troop T.

“Motorists need to be reminded that driving while using a cell phone, without a hands-free device, is not only hazardous, but also against the law,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer. “The Thruway Authority will continue to partner with Troop T to enforce this important State law. The message is clear: don’t text and don’t speak on your hand held cell phone while driving.”

“Dangerous drivers are distracted drivers,” said Troop T Commander Major Robert C. Meyers. “Focused enforcement efforts such as “Operation Hang-Up V” are planned to reinforce with the public that these violations are serious and will not be tolerated. Troop T is committed to making the road safe.”

New York State law prohibits use of a hand-held mobile telephone while driving, except to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency. Violators who are ticketed face a maximum fine of $100, along with a mandatory $60 surcharge.

It is also illegal in New York State to text message on a hand-held device while driving a motor vehicle. The same law prohibits surfing the Internet and playing computer games while driving, and the maximum fine is $150