Eyewitness News Goes Undercover as Police Crack Down on Distracted Drivers

April 29, 2012 Updated Apr 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

April 29, 2012 Updated Apr 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15 people are killed everyday and more than 1,200 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. The CDC also adds that 25% of drivers in the United States admit to regularly talking on their cell phones while driving. With the statistics staggering, Eyewitness News joined the New York State Police in an undercover police operation to see how many people drive distracted in Western New York.

"Distracted driving without a doubt is an epidemic," said New York State Trooper Ryan Hadsall. "It's not worth it in the end. It could get expensive and it's even fatal."

Within minutes of driving in an undercover vehicle, police already uncovered distracted drivers. State trooper Ryan Hadsall says he was forced to pull over a woman driver who was smoking with one hand and talking on her cell phone with the other. In addition to all the risks, violators also face up to 2 points on their licence and a $150 fine.