Police in New York have nabbed 796 north country drivers who were using their phones when their eyes should have been on the road in 2012.
"Operation Hang Up is designed to send a strong message to motorists across New York State that driving and using a hand-held device simply do not mix," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.
St. Lawrence County scofflaws were nabbed the most, at 578 tickets issued. Jefferson County, which has roughly the same population, saw 175 tickets issued. In Lewis County, 43 drivers were cited. (Update: As a reader points out on Twitter, it's odd that nearly 600 tickets were issued in St. Lawrence County when half the county doesn't get cellphone reception.)
The extra enforcement lasts until April 29. At which time you should still not use your cellphone while you're driving.
A law passed in 2011 increased the penalties for driving while using a handheld device.