NYSP stepping up holiday patrols

— Troopers are reminding all motorists to avoid being victims of highway emergencies by making a commitment to not use mobile phones while driving and buckling up all occupants. Travel preparation should include plenty of rest before departing, and anticipating busy roads and highways.

"Operation Hang Up" addresses the unnecessary danger of using hand-held devices while driving. This form of distracted driving is more dangerous in the heavy volume of holiday traffic. The initiative is intended to deter this hazardous trend. During the last Operation Hang-up initiative in April 2013, troopers issued more than 2,900 tickets for phone and texting violations.

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