Governor Cuomo announced that state troopers will be heavily targeting motorists who use their cell phones while driving on New York State roads from Friday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 15. The push coincides with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and is similar to a crackdown that occurred last year which resulted in 550 cell phone tickets being written in a short period of time. It has been reported that 3,100 people died in 2013 due to accidents involving distracted driving, which includes behaviors such as talking and texting, playing with the radio or iPod, and applying makeup or fixing hair. That is a scary statistic, and makes one wonder if crackdowns like this should occur every month to lower the number of lives lost due to these tragic accidents. Remember, a New York cell phone ticket carries 5 points, the same amount as reckless driving. If you receive a cell phone ticket in New York, or any other traffic ticket, please contact our office at 212-227-9008.