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Troopers looking for distracted drivers

All next week, New York State Police in Western New York will be looking for distracted drivers, one of the most serious dangers on the roads — cell phone use while driving, according to Maj. Christopher L. Cummings, Troop “A” commander.

The week of April 23 to 29 is “Operation Hang Up” for the New York State Police.

“Through enforcement efforts, we, the law enforcement community, hope that motorists will become even more aware of the potential consequences of their actions if they use a cell phone while driving,” Cummings said.

In New York, it’s estimated that driver distraction is a contributing factor in at least one out of five crashes. The statistics generally focus on the use of electronic devices, however, it is common sense to realize that any distraction while operating a car, truck, or motorcycle can have devastating results.

Each year more than 300,000 tickets are issued statewide for cell phone violations alone. With the recent change to include texting as a primary offense the number if tickets issued for cell phone use has increased statewide.