Tuesday, October 27, 2009

NYC Cops fine 7,500 drivers $130 for talking on cell

The New York City Police Department’s latest daylong crackdown on drivers using handheld cellphones left 7,529 people holding tickets in their hands by the end of last Thursday.

For the third time this year, the police made an extra effort to issue summonses to drivers over a 24-hour period. The number of tickets – which are normally for $130 - written by police officers on Thursday was about 1,500 fewer than were written on the first crackdown day in May. However, it was about 100 more than were written on a similar day in August.

The police said the decline in the number of tickets since May suggested that drivers were taking the dangers of talking on their cellphone while driving more seriously.

The police did not calculate how many of the 7,529 tickets were issued to taxi drivers. On a typical day, police officers write about 540 tickets to drivers who are holding their cellphones while driving. Last year, 197,198 tickets were given to drivers for similar violations.