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Operation Hardhat is an effort to keep work zones safe

August 27, 2019 07:25 PM

Using an already existing work zone, the New York State Police and the Department of Transportation joined up Tuesday in Saratoga County to continue "Operation Hardhat," an effort to crack down on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving through active construction and maintenance work zones on state highways.

Troopers set up along the Northway with one in a DOT pickup truck and a laser to measure speeders or spot cell phone violations. Then he radios ahead to other troopers. They're enforcing work zone speed limits and on the lookout for violators of the state's Move Over Law, which applies to emergency and work vehicles.

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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.

"The most important thing is we want to bring awareness to work zone safety," said Troop G spokesperson Kerra Burns. “Make sure that people are staying off their phones and paying attention. They're slowing down when they see signage so we can keep our road workers safe."

When done in Rochester last week, "Hardhat" netted 112 tickets for a host of violations, including speeding, use of a cell phone while driving and failure to obey a flagger.

According to DOT & NYSP, 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.

Added Bryan Viggiani of DOT: "Unfortunately, not everyone does the right thing when they're behind the wheel and we want to get this message out that our folks are in a vulnerable spot on the side of the road and we want people to do the right thing when they're driving."

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