York City Police Department today announced a citywide crackdown beginning
Thursday at midnight on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, as part
of its focus on traffic infractions linked to death and injury.
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 texting or talking on a cell phone is dangerous and endangers both
drivers and pedestrians.
Individuals using hand-held cell phones while driving inNew York
City face a fine of $130. During 2009, the NYPD
issued on average 617 summonses a day to drivers using hand-held cell
phones. On October 22nd, 2009, 7,463 summonses were issued for
this infraction during an initiative similar to the one planned for
The 24-hour initiative begins Thursday,
January 21st at midnight. The NYPD encourages safe driving and
asks the public to use seatbelts and to use a hands-free device for car
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