He said anyone who reports a distracted driver should give the make, model and color of the vehicle, and the license number, if possible. While tickets for cellphone use continue to decline, the proliferation of smartphones has caused texting tickets to rise every year since 2011. The national campaign slogan is "You Drive, You Text, You Pay", but it's not all about texting.
"That's an average of nearly 12 deaths a week, and the increase we believe is directly attributable to distracted driving", he said. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the department along with other law enforcement agencies in the state of MI in collaboration with the Office of Highway Safety Planning will be looking for drivers who text while driving, and try to take a positive correction action.
"Distracted driving is risky and illegal, and with this crackdown we are once again sending the message that making calls or texting behind the wheel will not be tolerated in New York", Cuomo said.
Nassau County police will also be participating in the enforcement, the department said.
The joint effort will run through the month of April.
"Distracted driving is a serious issue on our roadways", said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.More news: Henley wins Houston Open to clinch last Masters place
Nationally, distracted driving took the lives of 3,477 in 2015, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report states.
When a crash occurs in Minnesota, the driver behavior that is most often cited by law enforcement agencies is attention or distraction. New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino said, "Starting today a distracted driver needs to be concerned about the person in the next lane". "If you're texting, you're not driving", he added.
A township officer who was involved in a vehicle crash Wednesday was enforcing a statewide crackdown on distracted drivers when he was hit by a driver using his cellphone as a navigation device, officials said on Thursday.
"This initiative is geared to promote the responsible operation of motor vehicles for everyone through increased public awareness, education, and enforcement of existing state distracted driving laws", said East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov.
Teens were the group most likely to be involved in distracted driving crashes. Do not use cellphones while driving - whether handheld or hands-free - except in absolute emergencies.