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State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

NY troopers issue 24,354 tickets in 'speed week'

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York troopers report issuing 24,354 traffic tickets in their recent "speed week" crackdown and another 3,471 tickets in "operation hang-up" targeting drivers using hand-held phones, texting or using other electronics.

The April 17-24 focus on speeders produced 2,156 more tickets than a year earlier. It also resulted in 1,034 tickets for so-called "distracted driving" while texting or chatting on a hand-held cell phone.

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Stopped drivers include a 36-year-old Bronx man state police say was driving at 130 mph and had 1.5 pounds of cocaine.

Troopers report issuing 2,315 tickets for talking on a hand-held phone while driving and 1,156 for texting while the vehicle was in motion in the five-day crackdown April 10-15.

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