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Over 800 cited for texting while driving

State Police issued 816 tickets for texting-while-driving during the Thanksgiving holiday.

330 of the tickets were issued as part of “Operation Hang-up,” an enforcement campaign conducted Nov. 23-27. The rest were issued during normal patrol operations.

According to a release from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, during the first half of the year, an average of 429 tickets were issued monthly to drivers for using a handheld electronic device while driving. Since Cuomo signed a law prohibiting the practice, more than 1,000 tickets have been issued each month.

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