NYPD steps up enforcement of traffic laws

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On two days this week, the NYPD is launching a special operation across the boroughs to raise awareness of the dangers of cell phone use while driving and failing to yield to pedestrians.

“The NYPD reminds all New Yorkers that the use of a hand held cell phone and texting while driving a vehicle is illegal,” says a department news release. “Driving while operating, talking, or texting on a cell phone or other similar hand-held device is extremely dangerous and endangers the safety of both drivers and pedestrians.”

Drivers can be ticketed if they are not using a hands free device.

The news release says preserving the right of way for pedestrians is a primary focus of the NYPD’s traffic safety mission.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is not a city-wide crackdown on jaywalking.

The first day of the initiative will begin midnight, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 and will conclude 24 hours later.  The second day of the initiative will begin midnight, Friday, May 16th, 2014 and will conclude 24 hours later.

Pedestrians and bicyclists also need to be careful.