NYC Police Target Motorists Who Use Cell Phones While Driving
Posted on Jun 24, 2010
June 22, 2010 - New York is one of few states to ban motorists from using hand-held cell phones while driving. This statewide cell phone restriction was enacted to reduce the number of distracted driver accidents that are associated with cell phone usage and driving.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) this week decided to bring that point home with NYC drivers. The NYPD conducted a 24-hour crackdown on drivers using cell phones throughout the city's 5 boroughs.
The cell phone enforcement campaign kicked off at midnight June 22. Police officials expected that 1,000s of fines would be issued. A similar effort on March 25, 2010 resulted in 6,882 citations for cell phone use while driving. There is a $130 fine associated with using a hand-held cell phone while driving in New York.
Police and safety officials say that the New York cell phone ban is part of an effort to reduce the number of serious and fatal New York car accidents that are caused by distracted driver behaviors, such as chatting or texting while driving.
Studies and statistics reveal that texting while driving or using a cell phone while behind the wheel both increase the odds of driver distraction resulting in serious accidents.
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