Contact Us

“Operation Hang Up” Targets Western New York Drivers

Getty Images

State Police are targeting drivers using their cell phones and other electronic devices this week.  “Operation Hang Up” is aimed at getting motorists to realize the dangers involved in using your cell phone while driving.

“Operation Hang Up” Kicks off today and runs through next Sunday, April 29th.  The program was first introduced last November.  State Police handed out 800 tickets over the Thanksgiving holiday to motorists who were using electronic devices while behind the wheel.

A statement from is quoted as saying:  “Recent research has shown that drivers talking on phones are four times more likely to be involved in a crash. The behavior of such drivers can be equivalent to the behavior of drunk drivers at the threshold of the legal limit of .08 BAC. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed more than 3,000 deaths last year to distracted driving, calling it a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways.”

New York strengthened its’ texting while driving laws last summer, making the use of a handheld electronic device a primary offense which gives police officers the power to stop motorists suspected of using their cell phones while driving.  The new laws increase the penalty for using a handheld device while driving from two to three points.


Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.