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State Police waging crackdown on distracted drivers through Monday

Drivers using cellphones for calls or texting will be the target of increased State Police patrols and checkpoints through Monday.

Superintendent George P. Beach II said the statewide crackdown, dubbed Operation Hang Up, is underway because April is designated National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Beach said April marks the start of the spring driving season and law enforcement agencies statewide are cracking down on distracted driving and other  infractions in an attempt to head off road tragedies.

Troopers will be patrolling in both marked and unmarked vehicles during the effort.

Last April during Operation Hang Up, troopers issued more than 18,000 tickets statewide, including 2,000 for distracted driving, for talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device, texting or using an electronic device while driving.

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