Police issue 32 summonses during 1st distracted driving crackdown

04/19/2014 11:00 AM |
All across the East End, drivers were advised to stop texting while driving. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

All across the East End, drivers were advised to stop texting while driving. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town police issued 32 summonses during the first National Texting Enforcement Crackdown, a movement across the country to stop motorists from texting while driving. 

Of the summonses issued between April 10 and 15, police issued 13 citations for violating the cell phone law, which can include holding a portable electronic device and talking on a mobile phone, or any form of texting or viewing electronic data or playing games.

Violation of the law can result in five points on a driver’s license and a fine, police said.

See also: Let’s all ‘toss the phone’ together

While the distracted driving campaign has ended, police advice motorists that law enforcement will continue to enforce the ban of electronic devices while driving.

The next campaign police will begin starts May 19 for “Buckle up New York.”

For more information, visit www.distraction.gov and www.safeny.gov.

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