Statewide Crackdown on Distracted Driving Begins Thursday

April 10, 2014 Updated Apr 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Statewide Crackdown on Distracted Driving Begins Thursday

April 10, 2014 Updated Apr 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM EDT

(WKBW) - A new crackdown on distracted driving will begin statewide today.

State Police and local law enforcement will begin "Operation Hang Up," which runs through Tuesday.

State Police and local law enforcement will be stepping up patrols and checkpoints throughout the state, encouraging drivers to focus on the road instead of using mobile devices.

The state also wanted drivers to be aware of current laws for distracted drivers:

· For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and maximum fine increases to $150.

· For a second offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $200.

· For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400.