Cops to Target Cell Phone Drivers

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

If you frequent the Thruway, be aware that the police are steeping up the cell phone ban for drivers. According to the Rome Sentinel:

Thruway authorities and the state police will be in the fourth phase of "Operation Hang Up," a stepped up four-day enforcement of the state law. The program runs today through Thursday.

...State law prohibits the use of a hand-held mobile telephone while driving except to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel regarding an emergency. Violators who are ticketed face a maximum fine of $100, along with a mandatory $60 surcharge. Since Nov. 1, 2009, it is also illegal in New York State to text message on a hand-held device while driving a motor vehicle. The law also prohibits surfing the Internet and playing computer games while driving. The maximum fine is $150.

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