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Major driving crackdown starts today



ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State and local police are increasing patrols and checkpoints statewide from April 10 to 15 to encourage drivers not to use their mobile phones.



Authorities say "



Operation



Hang


Up" combines anti-texting and cell phone law enforcement with advertisements to let people know about the push and convince them to obey the law.



The first offense is a minimum fine of $50. That can increase to $400 for the third offense.



Beginning Nov. 1, young and new drivers found texting while driving will have their licenses suspended for 120 days on the first offense. A second offense will lead a year-long suspension.



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 3,328 people were killed and an estimated 421,000 people injured in crashes involving distracted drivers during 2012.

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