486 tickets were issued by State Police for Distracted Driving over the July 4th weekend. The crackdown was an initiative put into place by Governor Andrew Cuomo to increase presence on roads across the state this summer to end texting-while-driving.
In a statement Governor Cuomo said, “I am hopeful that every driver who got a ticket for looking at their phone instead of the road gets the message that this reckless behavior won’t be tolerated. Getting a ticket teaches young drivers this lesson the easy way – no parent should have to experience the hard way.”
Part of the increased enforcement involved the use of Concealed Identify Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles to more easily identify motorists who are texting and driving.
CITE vehicles are built on higher than average platforms that allow law enforcement officials greater ability to see into other vehicles and detect individuals in the process of sending or viewing text messages.
They are also unmarked, which allows them to blend into regular traffic.