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
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