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Operation Hang up

Written By: Kellie Meyer

Cell Phone and texting while driving crackdown April 10-15.

Operation Hang up

April 10, 2014

SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- Leaders in Albany have really put an effort into making the road safe from distracted drivers and for the next couple of days state police are stepping up their efforts.       
     Starting today state and local police will be cracking down on drivers using their cell phones behind the wheel. It's called "Operation Hang Up." Increased patrols will be on highways and streets looking for drivers who are texting or talking on their phones.
     State Troopers will also be using sport-utility vehicles to sit higher so troopers can look down into cars at drivers. Police issued 55,000 texting tickets statewide in 2013, up from about 30,000 in 2012.