State Police begin “Operation Hang Up” to stop distracted drivers

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month; traffic crashes continue to be the greatest threat to the safety of the average New Yorker, and the number one killer of teens in America.

Cell phone use and texting are responsible for a significant proportion of traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths. These behaviors continue to become increasingly common despite their obvious danger.

State and local law enforcement are participating in stepped up traffic safety enforcement efforts including “Operation Hang Up” announced by Governor Cuomo. “Operation Hang Up” will consist of high visibility, stepped up cell phone and texting enforcement statewide April 10-15.

“The State Police have always been in the forefront of trying to keep our highways safe for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Operation Hang Up is a campaign about protecting everyone using our roads and highways from preventable injuries and property damage caused by distracted drivers using cell phone and other electronic devices,” Troop A Commander Major Michael Cerretto said.

The dates for this year’s spring “Operation Hang-Up Campaign” correspond with a coordinated nationwide effort to combat distracted driving through ad campaigns and enforcement.

In response, Troop A will partner up with other law enforcement agencies and will make distracted driving enforcement a priority.