State police issue more than 1,000 driving violations in work zones

State police have issued more than 1,000 tickets during Operation Hardhat, an initiative meant to prevent reckless driving in construction work zones.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 4:58 PM

State police have issued more than 1,000 tickets during Operation Hardhat, an initiative meant to prevent reckless driving in construction work zones.

"Our first responders and highway workers are out every day for one reason - to ensure the rest of us can get where we need to go safely,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Please use common sense and put away smart phones, slow down and move over for those working on our roads. Those who drive recklessly and endanger others will be held accountable."

During Operation Hardhat, troopers were stationed in active work zones dressed as highway workers, targeting drivers who were not following posted work zone speed limits and other restrictions.

A total of 1,048 tickets were issued, including 493 for speeding, 92 for cell phone use and 72 violations of New York's Move Over law.

Other citations included:

  • Two tickets for child restraint violations
  • Two tickets for failure to obey flagger
  • Eight tickets for failure to obey traffic control device
  • Two DWI
  • 283 other violations

Operation Hardhat will resume when construction season begins again in the spring.

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