NYS police crack down on distracted driving

CHENANGO COUNTY – New York State police are upping the ante when it comes to motorists using cell phones and other handheld devices when they’re behind the wheel.

State troopers announced Thursday that they’re cracking down on distracted driving in a five-day, statewide campaign to ticket drivers who use handheld devices while driving. The campaign coincides with April’s designation as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

From Saturday, April 10, through Wednesday, April 15, state police will be using marked and unmarked vehicles to ticket drivers who are caught in the act of using their cell phone or other handheld electronic device on the highway. Unmarked vehicles blend in with traffic but become unmistakable emergency vehicles when the lights flash.

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