The New York Police Department (NYPD) has announced a 24-hour citywide crackdown on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, for Thursday October 22.
Beginning at midnight, the enforcement operation is part of the department’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. Additionally, talking on a cell phone while driving also endangers both drivers and pedestrians.
Individuals using hand-held cell phones while driving in New York City face a fine of $130. During 2008, the NYPD issued on average 536 summonses a day to drivers using hand-held cell phones. On August 20, 2009, 7,432 summonses were issued for this infraction during an initiative similar to the one planned for Thursday.
The 24-hour initiative begins Thursday, October 22 at midnight. The NYPD encourages safe driving and asks the public to use seatbelts and to use a hands-free device for car phones.