State Police and the Department of Transportation this week are continuing their “Operation Hard Hat” campaign this week, a joint effort cracking down on work zone violations on state highways.
Troopers are patrolling active work sites along Route 81 in Broome County and Route 17 in Tioga County, some of them disguised as DOT personnel.
They’ll be enforcing work zone speed limits and obedience of flaggers, as well as violators of the move over law.
“Law enforcement and other emergency responders, including highway workers, work in a dangerous environment and risk their lives to keep the traveling public safe. It is important that motorists are aware of their responsibility to follow the rules of the road and know that violations of the Move Over Law and work zone intrusions will not be tolerated.” –State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett
During a similar recent joint initiative in work zones in the Rochester area, 112 tickets were issued for a host of violations, including speeding, use of a cell phone while driving and failure to obey a flagger.
Emergency responders and highway workers depend on motorists’ awareness of their surroundings. They should use patience and caution and eliminate any distractions in these work zones, especially on interstates and other multi-lane highways.
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.
Additionally, fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone and convictions of two or more of these violations could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.
“Establishing and maintaining a highway work zone helps keep both our workers and the traveling public safe. As our Department’s field staff and the State Police face increasing dangers from distracted drivers as they work on our state highways, this is an excellent opportunity to collaborate and raise awareness. I thank the New York State Troopers who will be joining us this week and working towards our shared mission of highway safety.” –NYSDOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez:
See photos below by New York State Police from this morning (August 28)