Nationwide crackdown on distracted driving begins with 'Operation Hang-up'

ARDSLEY - Police across the country and in the Hudson Valley will be keeping an extra eye out for people who are texting and improperly using their cellphone while driving starting today.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and law enforcement agencies are joining forces for "Operation Hang-up." New York State troopers will be stepping up patrols looking for drivers who are texting or talking on the phone and not using their hands-free devices. Police are also using advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law.

According to state police officials, cellphone use and texting are responsible for a significant percentage of accidents, many of which end in fatalities.

Operation Hang-up runs through April 15, but police say the campaign is designed to serve as a reminder and that they are keeping an eye out all year long.

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