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More than 150 drivers ticketed on first day of Operation Hang Up


ALBANY, N.Y - In the first twelve hours of Operation Hang Up more than 150 drivers were ticketed for using hand-held devices while driving, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The Operation Hang Up campaign targets motorists who use their cell phone and other electronic devices while driving. The campaign began Monday, April 23, and will continue through Sunday, April 29, 2012. 

Cuomo also announced that in the first months of 2012, more than 65,000 motorists have been ticketed for using an electronic device while driving state-wide.

"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.

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