Governor Cuomo Announces State Police Results of Operation “Hang Up” Enforcement Period

More Than 15,000 Tickets Issued, Including 2,000 for Distracted Driving

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Police issued more than 15,000 tickets during this year’s Operation Hang Up traffic enforcement period, which targets those who use electronic devices while driving. This year’s campaign ran from April 6 through April 10, as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“Distracted driving too often leads to avoidable tragedies, which is why this administration has zero tolerance for this illegal and dangerous behavior,” Governor Cuomo said. “I commend State Police and local law enforcement for their continued vigilance against reckless driving and tireless work to keep our roadways and highways across New York safe.”

State Troopers issued a total of 15,104 tickets during the campaign, including 2,005 for distracted driving, 4,487 for speeding, 148 for move over law and 596 for seat belt violations. Troopers also arrested 206 people for DWI and investigated 129 personal injury crashes, which resulted in one fatality and 171 people injured.

Troopers used both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles as part of this crackdown in order to more easily identify motorists who are violating the law. CITE vehicles allow the Trooper to better observe driving violations. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

This campaign was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Terri Egan, GTSC Acting Chair and DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner, said, “We’re grateful to our State Troopers and to local law enforcement for their role in making sure our roads are safe for all New Yorkers. It only takes a moment of distraction to cause a crash that could prove fatal. It is simply not worth it. Wait until you get to a safe place, stop your car and then send that message or make that call.”

During the April 2016 Operation Hang Up campaign, State Police issued more than 18,000 tickets, including more than 2,000 tickets for distracted driving. The tickets written were a combination of talking on a cell phone without a hands free device, texting, or using an electronic device while driving.

Here are the campaign results broken down by Troop:

Troop Region Distracted Driving Speed DWI Arrests
(# of persons)
Child Restraint/
Seat Belt
Move Over Total
Tickets
(includes (other violations)
A Western New York 144 472 17 86 3 1,336
B North Country 41 178 15 26 4 796
C Southern Tier 44 383 14 13 8 891
D Central New York 124 354 19 48 17 1,287
E Finger Lakes 184 466 19 107 6 453
F Upper Hudson Valley 699 390 36 78 17 2,063
G Capital Region 222 495 21 74 18 1,507
K Lower Hudson Valley 178 401 22 42 17 1,244
L Long Island 152 265 22 48 6 1,185
NYC New York City 25 14 0 15 2 944
T NYS Thruway 192 1,069 37 59 50 2,176