Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - All week, the New York State Police are making an extra effort to crack down on people who use their cell phones behind the wheel.
Dozens, if not hundreds, of people are ticketed everyday in Western New York for using their cell phones without a hands-free device.
Smart phones are a big concern for law enforcement. Not only are they on the lookout for people talking on the cell phones, but also drivers texting and even browsing Facebook and Twitter.
New York State Trooper Michael Swarthout is one of many Western New York State Troopers on the lookout for drivers on cell phones.
He says it is almost a guarantee that they will find distracted drivers at any given time.
When lights start flashing, a lot of drivers know they have been busted.
One example is a man who says he had just picked up the phone.
"He said he just answered the caller and he told him he was driving and he would call him right back," Swarthout says, adding that he is told that quite a bit.
Others do not quite understand how the law works.
"If I pull people over and they're talking when it's in their hand and on speaker. They think it has to be up at their head," Swarthout says.
In addition to marked cars, state police are now in undercover vehicles as well, keeping a closer eye on drivers.
Neither hand can be on a cell phone -- they should be on the steering wheel.
Increase technology means more distracted drivers. Some have even been caught browsing the internet.
Swarthout says one man even said "he was dictating. He wasn't making a call, but he was dictating."
Swarthout says many of these stops can be frustrating -- especially when there are kids in the vehicle.
"So they make it home a thousand times and you might not crash," Swarthout says. "But that one time you crash, you could hurt yourself or somebody else."
Even though hands-free devices are perfectly legal, state troopers warn scientific studies prove they are still distracting.