BUFFALO, N.Y. -- State Police will be keeping a close watch on drivers this holiday weekend. Operation Hang Up kicks off Wednesday. State Police will be on the lookout for distracted drivers who are texting or using their cell phones without a hands-free device.
More than 800 tickets were given out during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports people who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get into a crash
Operation Hang Up will remain in effect until Sunday.