Troopers in North Country issue nearly 800 tickets during recent distracted driving crackdown
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 2:28 pm

New York State Police of the North Country’s Troop B issued a total of 796 tickets during this year’s Operation Hang Up traffic enforcement period.

The effort, which targets those who use electronic devices while driving, ran from April 6 to 10 as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The 796 tickets in the North Country included 41 for distracted driving, 178 for speeding, 15 for DWI, 13 for seat belt and child restraint infractions, and four for violating the “move over” law.

Statewide, troopers issued more than 15,000 tickets during the period.

Troopers used both marked state police vehicles and unmarked “Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement” vehicles as part of this crackdown in order to more easily identify motorists who are violating the law. The news release from the state police says the unmarked vehicles allow troopers “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,” the statement said.