65,000 Cellphone Tickets This Year

April 24, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
People receive sms on their mobile phone
Texting and driving can be pretty expensive if you get caught. (MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—Might want to get that hands-free headset you’ve been thinking about.

More than 65,000 tickets have been handed out across the state this year for using a cellphone while driving, announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday in Battery Park City.

Cuomo also indicated that this week, through Sunday, will be the second Operation Hang Up campaign, according to a release. Tickets will be given out in an attempt to get people to stop using cellphones while driving.

In the first 12 hours of the campaign, more than 150 drivers got tickets.

“One state trooper issued eight tickets in one hour while patrolling in the Kingston area,” adds the release. A woman from White Plains whose parents died after getting in an accident with a “distracted driver” attended the press conference and said, “Strong legislation combined with powerful enforcement initiatives like Operation Hang Up is what changes behavior and saves lives on the road.”

“It only takes a week to form a new habit,” she added.

Out of the 65,081 tickets issued in 2012, 12,895 were in Kings County; 12,022 were in New York County; and 11,554 were in Queens County. Bronx County was next with 3,820 tickets.

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