27 April 2021
Major Todd O. Stratton
Troop C Commander


The New York State Police joined the Department of Transportation on April 27, 2021 in Tioga County for “Operation Hardhat”.  The agencies work together to target reckless and distracted drivers in work zones. 

The initiative took place in an active work zone on State Route 17 in the town of Nichols.  The right lane of State Route 17 in the eastbound direction was shut down for DOT workers to perform tree removal along the busy highway. 

During the initiative, a trooper is embedded in the work zone and dressed as a DOT worker.  The trooper observes for vehicle and traffic violations such as speeding, operating a cellphone, not wearing a seatbelt or failing to follow the “Move Over” Law. 

A total of 13 tickets were issued:

  • Speeding – 2
  • Cellphone – 3
  • No Seatbelt – 2
  • Move Over Law – 1
  • Other – 5

Motorists are urged to drive responsibly in work zones.  Oftentimes the speed limit is reduced in work zones, please follow the postage signage.  Move over a lane, when it is safe to do so or whenever encountering maintenance workers along the side of the road or a vehicle displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights. 

Last year, 1,770 tickets were issued by State Police throughout New York.  As a reminder, speeding fines are doubled in work zones and two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of your driver’s license. 

The initiative continues throughout the construction season. 

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