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Using a cell phone while driving on the Thruway could become very expensive this coming week.

State Police Troop T is gearing up to have increased patrols starting Monday all along the state thoroughfare during what its is labeling “Operation Hang Up” targeting drivers illegally using mobile devices. The stepped-up enforcement will begin Monday and continue through Sunday, April 28.

State Police officials said cell phone use and texting are responsible for a significant portion of all traffic crashes, injuries and deaths and the use of the devices continues to increase despite their obvious danger to motorists. Troop T has already made distracting driving enforcement a priority and last year of the 150,000 tickets the troop issued some 4664 of them were for cell phone violations. The Thruway Authority will be posing reminders on message boards throughout the Thruway system during the state police initiative next week.