Those on the Thruway better tuck their cell phones away. State police have launched a fifth installment of "Operation Hang Up," a four-day enforcement effort on the New York State Thruway aimed at motorists who violate the state's ban on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
Over the four-day "Operation Hang Up" initiative in Spring 2010, members of Troop T issued 879 tickets to Thruway motorists violating the cell phone law. During the entire year, 2010, members of Troop T issued a total of 8,172 tickets to Thruway motorists violating the cell phone law.
The crackdown is in effect today through Thursday.
Violators who are ticketed face a maximum fine of $100 and a mandatory $60 surcharge. It is also illegal in New York state to text message, surf the Internet or play computer games while driving. The maximum fine is $150.