BATTERY PARK CITY -- In the first twelve hours of Operation Hang Up, more than 150 drivers were ticketed for using hand-held devices, it was announced today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
One state trooper issued eight tickets in an hour while patrolling in the Kingston area.
The governor was joined today by safe driving advocacy groups and a White Plains woman who lost her parents in a distracted driving accident, to outline the launch of a second Operation Hang Up campaign to target motorists who use their cell phone and other electronic devices while driving.
The campaign began Monday and will continue through Sunday. The governor also announced that in the first months of 2012, more than 65,000 motorists have been ticketed for using an electronic device while driving.
Locally, the breakdown of tickets issued in 2012 by county is as follows:
"Operation Hang Up is designed to send a strong message to motorists across New York State that driving and using a hand-held device simply do not mix," Governor Cuomo said. "We hear too many heartbreaking stories about how distracted driving leads to tragic consequences, and we must do everything in our power to ensure more lives are not unnecessarily lost because someone took their eyes off the road to use a phone."
The first Operation Hang Up enhanced enforcement campaign took place over last year's Thanksgiving Holiday, during which the New York State Police ticketed more than 800 drivers.