13 April 2022

  Major Michael S. TenEyck
  Troop D Commander



It’s that time of the year.. construction season! Motorists will be seeing a lot of orange signs and orange cones along the roadways warning them of upcoming construction zones.  Please follow the signs, put down any distractions, follow the Move Over law and drive safely through work zones.

“Operation Hardhat” cracks down on dangerous and reckless driving behavior in work zones.  Members of the New York State Police are once again partnering with the Department of Transportation to keep highway workers safe.

On April 13, 2022, Troopers assigned to the Traffic Incident Management Unit in Troop D monitored traffic in the active work zone on State Route 12 in the city of Utica and issued 56 tickets.   

The following traffic tickets were issued:

  • Speeding – 24
  • Seat Belt - 14
  • Cellphone – 3
  • Other - 15

Motorists are urged to take extra caution in work zones.  Please follow the postage signage and put down any distractions.  Move over a lane when it’s safe and/or slow down when encountering vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber, or green lights.  Every single person working on the side of the road deserves to get back home to their loved ones!

In 2021 2,336 traffic tickets were issued during “Operation Hardhat” details throughout the state.  The initiative continues into the fall. 



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