You should think twice before using your cell phone on your commute or when traveling through New York. It is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone or text while driving in New York. If an officer sees you holding your phone at the wheel, you could get a costly ticket.
It's prom and graduation season. Summer time means teens will be celebrating and probably on the road every hour of the day or night. Therefore, many of your neighbors are instilling rules for their new drivers this summer. According to the Teen Safe Driving Coalition, the risk of a teen driver crashing goes up 48 percent for each additional passenger they have in the vehicle with them. That's why some parents do not allow any passengers in the car with their young drivers.
New York State Police issued 3,172 tickets for texting and driving violations during the last week of April. Of those, 105 were in Dutchess County. The second Operation Hang Up was funded by Governor Cuomo's Traffic Safety Committee through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Distracted Driving Enforcement Grant. The goal is to allow state police and other law enforcement organizations focus on distracted driving traffic violations and supplement their regular enforcement efforts.