“Operation Hard Hat” yields 33 tickets in Broome County

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Yesterday, State Police and the Department of Transportation continued “Operation Hard Hat” inside two different work zones on Interstate 81 in Broome County.

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The initiative targets reckless and distracted drivers in active work zones by embedding a trooper dressed as a DOT worker who watches for violations like speeding, mobile device usage and not wearing a seatbelt.

Yesterday’s efforts led to a total of 33 tickets issued:

  • Speeding – 10
  • Cell Phone Use – 9
  • No Seatbelt – 6
  • Move Over – 1
  • Other – 7

Motorists are urged to drive responsibly in work zones and follow all posted signage.

Move over a lane when it is possible or when encountering vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights.

As of mid-September, over 1,600 tickets have been issued throughout New York. Last year, 1,048 tickets were issued. The initiative began in July and continues through construction season through the month of November.

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