Today, on Monday, New York State Troopers will be cracking down on an initiative in order to keep you safe and ticketed people on their phones. Troopers will be using both marked and unmarked cars throughout today for "Operation Hang Up". Lets go through the numbers on the success of the Operation since it started:

By The Numbers: Operation Hang Up

2015:

17,447 tickets during the operation

  • Speeding: 5,557 citations
  • Safety Restraint Violations: 924 citations
  • DWI (persons ticketed): 187 citations
  • Distracted Driving: 2,752 citations
  • Move Over Law: 233 citations

2016:

Over 18,000 tickets during the operation

  • Distracted Driving: 2,000 citations

The penalties by New York State law includes the following for distracted driving:

  • For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum is $200
  • A second offense in 18 months increases the maximum fine to $250
  • A third offense in 18 months results in a maximum fine of $450
  • Probationary and junior drivers face a 120-day suspension of their license for a first offense, and one year revocation of their permit or license if a second offense is committed within six months.

According to WGRZ:

Operation Hang Up is part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is the month of April. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in distracted driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration".