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Governor Announces Distracted Driving Crackdown

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a crackdown on districted driving during April--which is National Districted Driving Awareness Month.

Cuomo says that from April 10th to April 15th, troopers in marked and unmarked vehicles will be aggressively ticketing drivers using smartphones while driving.

Drivers who use their phones while driving face a minimum fine of $50 for a first offense and up to $450 for a third offense.

"The real tell-tale signs are the glowing of the screen seeing people with the phone held out in front of them or up to their ear. And you see different other violations that it'll cause people drifting out of their lane, people driving very slowly, or people slamming on their breaks when they realize there's a vehicle stopped in front of them," said Deputy Matt Barcak.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,000 people were killed and over 400,000 were injured nationwide in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2013. Cuomo is urging all drivers to put down their phones, and focus on the road.