New York City Police Department

Press Release | Crackdown on Cell Phone Use While Driving

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # PR
Friday, June 18, 2010



NYPD ANNOUNCES CRACKDOWN ON CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING

24-hour enforcement operation on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 across the five boroughs

The New York City Police Department today announced a citywide crackdown on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving beginning Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at midnight. Tuesday’s initiative is part of the NYPD’s 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 in New 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.  This past March 25th, 6,882 summonses were issued for this infraction during an initiative similar to the one planned for Tuesday. 

The 24-hour initiative begins Tuesday, June 22nd at midnight.  The NYPD encourages safe driving and asks the public to use seatbelts and to use a hands-free device for car phones.



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