Operation Hang Up targets those who talk, text on roads
This week marks the beginning of "Operation Hang Up," an initiative that aims at cracking down on drivers who use their cell phones behind the wheel.
State Trooper David Tucker says that many people drop their cell phones once they see him in his cruiser, but by the end of Monday afternoon, he had already handed out three tickets for driving or talking without a hands-free device. Tucker says that one driver was so preoccupied on the phone that they didn't even notice that Tucker was behind them.
Last year, 879 tickets were issued over the course of the four-day initiative. Troopers say this year, fines can include two points on your driver's license and up to $160 in fees.
Troopers are also taking the time to remind motorists of the "Move Over Law," which can result in fines and points if drivers don't yield to emergency vehicles.