27 May 2021
Major Todd O. Stratton
Troop C Commander

The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation joined together on May 26, 2021 in Tioga County for "Operation Hard Hat".  

The initiative took place on State Route 17 in the Town of Owego in an active work zone. During the initiative, a trooper dressed as a DOT worker, watches for unsafe behavior and violations such as speeding, operating a cellphone, not wearing a seatbelt or failing to follow the “Move Over” Law. 

23 total citations were issued during the detail, including one where a motorist was stopped for driving their vehicle at 95 mph through the single lane active work zone.  

The tickets issued are as follows: 

Speeding – 7

Cell Phone Use - 3

No Seatbelt – 12

Other – 1

Motorists are urged to drive responsibly in work zones.  Please follow the posted signage.  Move over a lane, when it’s safely possible or whenever encountering vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights. Every one working on the side of the road deserves to go back home to their family! 

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