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NYPD Issues Over 5,000 Tickets In Distracted Driving Crackdown

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The NYPD on Monday announced the results of a two-day crackdown on cellphone use while driving and failure to yield to pedestrians.

Officers issued 5,258 tickets during the crackdown, which was held during 24-hour periods this past Tuesday and Friday.

The summonses included 1,254 for failure to yield to pedestrians, 2,938 for using a cellphone while driving, 1,066 and texting while driving.

The crackdown was part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero program, which is aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities.

So far this year, pedestrian deaths have dropped 30.16 percent, the NYPD said.

This week on Tuesday and Wednesday, the NYPD will be breaking out the radar guns for strict enforcement of speed limits. That effort will begin on midnight Tuesday morning and conclude 48 hours later.

Fines for speeding range from $90 to $600, and can result in between three and 11 penalty points on driver's licenses.

The speed limit on most New York City streets is 30 mph unless otherwise posted. There is no speed limit greater than 50 mph in the city.

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