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The New York Police Department kicked off a citywide crackdown on inattentive drivers today, and will be doling out tickets to drivers talking on cellphones, texting and failing to yield to pedestrians.

SILive.com reports:

The first day of the initiative begins [at 12:01 a.m.], Tuesday, and concludes after 24-hours.

Drivers can expect to see the same type of police presence on Friday, as the NYPD again launches its crackdown for another 24-hour period.

The intense NYPD ticketing measures comes on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to crack down on pedestrian deaths, known as “Vision Zero.”

NBC New York notes that extra patrols dedicated to busting such drivers are being dispatched across the city.

Why do they announce such things? We don’t know. In fact, nevermind this report. If you’re someone who texts and drives, keep on keepin’ on today and Friday, ’cause you deserve that ticket.

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  • Alfonce

    It’s about time.
    When will all these moron people realize that it is NOT OK to text and drive. Whats wrong with these people? Nothing they are texting could possibly be of grave urgency, please, spare me.
    I think a person caught texting and driving should have to surrender their phone, and that falls into the category of tough, then go to jail for 5 days.

  • nauticalstar

    They’re just doing this NOW? Give me a break.

  • Donna

    Can the NYPD, specifically the 62 pct, begin to enforce the law prohibiting adults from riding bikes on the sidewalk. Today I watched as a patrol car passed a grown man speeding down 19th ave on his bicycle. I have seen motorized scooters being driven on the sidewalk on 86th st between 19th and 20th Ave.