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Police operations yield increase in traffic tickets

Drivers in New York are aware of the multiple potential consequences to traffic violations. Depending upon the circumstances, penalties may include high fines, points added to records, revocations or suspensions of driving privileges and more. Citations can be written for a number of different reasons. Speeding, failing to obey traffic signals, reckless driving, aggressive driving and distracted driving are common reasons that motorists receive traffic tickets.

In mid-April, New York state police held a five-day crackdown on distracted driving with what they called Operation Hang Up. This particular effort saw an increase in the number of tickets issues by more than 300 percent over a prior crackdown in the fall of 2013. More than 2,300 people were cited for handheld use of their mobile phones while driving and more than 1,100 people received tickets for other handheld use, such as texting, of their mobile phones while driving.

Later in the month, another crackdown focused on aggressive driving and saw more than 24,000 tickets issued. Of all citations written, nearly 11,000 were for speeding. A similar program in 2013 yielded roughly 2,100 fewer tickets than this one. The effort took place over the course of seven days referred to as Speed Week. It is unknown exactly what other violations were frequently noted in this effort.

Drivers must always be aware of the safety of their driving but also need to guard against unnecessary license suspensions or license revocations. Working with an attorney to fight a traffic ticket can be one way that a ticketed driver can avoid these harsh penalties.

Source:, "New York 'Speed Week' results in nearly 11,000 speeding tickets," Nicky Hickling, April 29, 2014

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