Buffalo, N.Y. - New York State Police kicked off the third phase of their initiative against distracted driving, "Operation Hang Up", on May 4th.
During the first two phases, around 1,000 tickets were handed out to drivers along the NYS Thruway.
"We're making good enforcement efforts," Captain Michael Nigrelli said, "but that's only part of the component. What we're trying to do is make people aware of what we're doing and get the message out there. What we're trying to do is change behavior so people will not talk talk on their cell phone unless it's on a hands-free device."
And we took one popular question from our viewers to Captain Nigrelli: Why can law enforcement officers talk on their cell phones while driving?
"Actually in law enforcement you are permitted to talk on your cell phone," Nigrelli said. "There's an exemption in the law as long as you're doing it as a part of official business. A police officer cannot be talking on their cell phone while driving if it's for personal business only."