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New Castle Police Target Drivers Using Handheld Devices

Photo Credit: New Castle Police Department Facebook

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- New Castle police officers issued 135 tickets to drivers caught using a handheld electronic device, as part of the town's Hands Off the Phone and On the Wheel initiative.

The program decals are seen on vehicles in the Horace Greeley High School parking lot. Representatives of the school's chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions recently came to town Supervisor Robert Greenstein's office to replenish their supply.

Probationary drivers and junior drivers will lose their license for 120 days if they are convicted of using a handheld electronic device.

Of the tickets issued, the youngest driver was 16 and the oldest was 77. The median age was 40.

The Hands Off the Phone and on the Wheel initiative will continue with periods of targeted enforcement throughout the town.

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