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May 2, 2014

Tickets abound during police crackdown

ALBANY — State Police issued more than 24,300 traffic tickets during a recent Speed Week crackdown.

April was designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and police held two enforcement initiatives: Speed Week, targeting aggressive drivers, and Operation Hang Up, aimed at stopping distracted driving.

CELL USE

During the five-day Operation Hang Up, troopers issued 3,471 traffic tickets for distracted driving offenses — more than 300 percent more than the crackdown in November 2013.

That included 2,315 tickets for talking on a hand-held phone while driving and 1,156 for texting or operating other hand-held electronics while the vehicle was in motion.

SPEEDING

During the eight-day Speed Week, troopers issued a total of 24,354 traffic tickets, up 2,156 from the 2013 campaign.

They gave out 10,890 speeding tickets, an increase of more than 2,000 from the previous year.

During Speed Week, troopers also issued 1,034 tickets for distracted driving, a 33 percent increase from 2013.

ENDANGERING LIVES

“The results of Speed Week and Operation Hang Up demonstrate that many drivers are still not getting the message that distracted and aggressive behavior behind the wheel has no place on New York’s roadways,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.

“We are committed to curbing this reckless behavior and will continue to crack down on drivers who put the lives of their fellow motorists at risk and hold accountable those that choose to ignore the laws designed to keep New Yorkers safe.”

NOTABLE ARRESTS

The statewide Speed Week enforcement period yielded several notable arrests as the result of traffic stops for speeding offenses, including:

• A 36-year-old Bronx man who was stopped for driving at 130 miles per hour and was found in possession of more than 1.5 pounds of cocaine.

• A 53-year-old Tennessee man and a 29-year-old North Carolina man who were carrying 4.7 pounds of marijuana.

• A 25-year-old Connecticut man who was found to have 42 suspensions of his driving privileges.

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