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Press Release # 007
Monday, March 9, 2009

NYPD Announces Crackdown on Cell Phone Use While Driving

24 hour enforcement operation on Thursday across the five boroughs

The New York City Police Department today announced a citywide crackdown on the use of cell phones while driving. The NYPD reminds all New Yorkers that the use of a hand held cell phone while driving a vehicle is illegal. In addition, driving while talking on a cell phone is extremely dangerous and endangers both drivers and pedestrians.

Individuals using a hand held cell phone while driving in New York City face a fine of $120. During 2008, the NYPD issued 195,579 summonses in New York City to drivers using a hand held cell phone.

The 24-hour initiative begins Thursday March 12 at midnight, and will include assignments of additional personnel to vigilantly enforce the cell phone law.

The NYPD strongly encourages safe driving and asks the public to use their seatbelts and use a hands free device when driving.

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