Operation Hang Up

ALBANY – April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month” and there is presently a crackdown until April 13th on distracted driving during Operation Hang Up according to a statement from Governor Cuomo’s office. Efforts by state and local law enforcement have resulted in an 840 percent increase in tickets for texting while driving in New York State since 2011. According to state statistics cell phone tickets have decreased each year since 2011, while tickets for texting have increased substantially as more and more people acquire smartphones. Governor Cuomo has directed the DMV to increase points for texting-while-driving from three points to five points in 2015 and a new law on the books substantially increases penalties for probationary and junior drivers caught texting. Under the new law probationary and junior drivers could face a 120-day suspension for a first offense, and can lose their license for one year for a second offense. Texting motorists face up to $450 fine and five points on their license. New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “Distracted driving is just as dangerous as speeding or driving impaired and continues to be a leading contributing factor of motor vehicle crashes. Each year, there are needless tragedies and victims left behind because someone couldn’t put down their handheld device.”  New York State prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices. Illegal activity:

  • Holding a portable electronic device.
  • Talking on a handheld mobile telephone.
  • Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or websites.
  • Viewing, taking, or transmitting images.
  • Playing games.

Exceptions to the laws include:

  • When the driver uses a hands-free mobile telephone, which allows the user to communicate without the use of either hand.
  • Using a handheld electronic device that is affixed to a vehicle surface.
  • Using a GPS device that is attached to the vehicle.
  • When the purpose of the phone call is to communicate an emergency to a police or fire department, a hospital or physician’s office, or an ambulance corps.
  • When operating an authorized emergency vehicle in the performance of official duties.

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