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State DOT – Over 650 Violations so Far in Work Zones This Year

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The New York State Department of Transportation says even though construction season has just begun, there have already been over 650 violations in work zones throughout the state. The DOT says they have teamed up with both the NYS Thruway Authority and State Police to crackdown on violators within work zones.


New York State Troopers have been conducting Operation Hard Hat, an initiative involving police officers who appear to be highway workers in order to identify reckless drivers within work zones. State Police say speeding in work zones remains the main offense throughout the state.

“We urge you to respect the people who ensure our roads and bridges are safe by driving safely and responsibly in work zones.”

NYDOT said in a release.

In addition to Operation Hard Hat, the state will once again roll out speed cameras in certain work zones. The speed cameras will have warnings prior to an active speed camera. First time violators will be fined $50, for a second offense the fine increases to $75 and for the third offense or greater within 18 months, the fine is $100.

The State says unpaid fines can result in a vehicle registration hold and drivers cannot renew their registrations without first paying all fines owed. Owners may contest a violation within 30 days of when they received notice.

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