23 September 2019

NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major Richard L. Mazzone
Troop K Commander
 
 
 
 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation today announced that 43 tickets were issued during last week’s “Operation Hardhat” in Westchester 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 K patrolled a highway work zone on Interstate 684 in the town of Lewisboro, and issued tickets for a host of violations, including speeding, use of a cell phone while driving, and work zone intrusion.
 
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.”
 
Violations issued by the State Police during the three-day detail included:
 
•           12 Speeding
•           21 Move over violations
•           1 Failure to Wear Seatbelt
•           9 Other violations
 
Similar joint initiaves resulted in 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.
 
For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511, visit www.511NY.org or download the free 511NY mobile app.
 
 
 
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