NYPD begins crackdown on drivers using cellphones

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NEW YORK (AP) — A word of warning to distracted drivers: the NYPD is watching you.

Police are conducting a two-day citywide crackdown this week on drivers using cellphones and failing to yield to pedestrians.

The traffic enforcement initiative will take place on Tuesday and Friday across all five boroughs, NYPD said.

Extra patrols will be looking for drivers who may be texting or going through intersections without yielding to pedestrians.

Busted drivers will be ticketed, have to pay a fine and will get five points added to their license.

The initiative is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities.

The NYPD says it is illegal to use hand-held cellphones while driving.

PIX11’s Dan Mannarino contributed to this report.

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