05 October 2019
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Philip T. Rougeux
Troop D Commander
The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation today announced that 20 tickets were issued this week during “Operation Hardhat” operations in Herkimer County, a joint initiative that featured State Troopers dressed as highway workers to crackdown on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving through active construction and maintenance work zones. Based on the continuing success of the initiative, plans are in place to roll out additional operations in the coming months.
Members of the New York State Police Troop D patrolled active DOT work zones along Route 5S in the Town of Frankfort, and Route 49 in the Town of Marcy. State Police issued tickets for violations, including speeding, and seat belt violations
Troopers were on the lookout for motorists who violate the state’s Move Over Law, which applies to emergency and work vehicles. During this enforcement effort, it may not be readily apparent to motorists that Troopers are present in the work zone.
State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “Distracted driving and excessive speeds are unnecessary dangers that both law enforcement officers and highway workers now face while working to keep the traveling public safe. Motorists must understand their responsibility to follow the rules of the road and be aware of their surroundings by eliminating distractions while behind the wheel.”
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, “The success of Operation Hard Hat is imperative - it protects our transportation workers and raises awareness to the serious issue of work zone safety. I’d like to thank the dedicated New York State Troopers who took the time last week to patrol our work zones. This is an important partnership that we need to continue to further promote our shared mission of highway safety.”
Similar joint initiatives resulted in 102 tickets in Onondaga County, 112 tickets in the Rochester area and 136 in the Albany area for a variety of traffic violations, including for speeding, use of a cell phone while driving and failure to obey a flagger.
Construction and maintenance crews across the state work alongside fast-moving traffic each day, knowing their lives depend on drivers being alert, patient and cautious. It is critically important that motorists eliminate distractions, pay attention to driving and, on multi-lane highways, move over a travel lane to give highway workers room.
New York’s Move Over Law requires motorists to carefully slow down and safely move over when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and construction and maintenance vehicles stopped along the roads.
The State Department of Transportation recently launched a new Public Service Announcement highlighting the importance of moving over in construction work zones across the state.
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone, and in accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license. Work zone safety tips can be found at https://www.ny.gov/programs/work-zone-safety-awareness.
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