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Thruway, Police to Crack Down on Construction Zone Speeding

Drivers will see increased enforcement in early July

State Police and the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) are teaming up next week to punish speeders in and around construction zones.

The crackdown—titled "Operation Work Brake"—will run five days, from Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13.

"Road crews face constant dangers everyday in work zones, so keep them safe by paying attention, especially in construction zones," said NYSTA executive director Thomas J. Madison. "Slow down and always obey the speed limit."

Major Robert C. Meyers, a State Police commander, said additional troopers will be out in "full force" and monitoring construction zones.

"Motorists who speed, drive distracted or are simply careless when traveling in a work zone pose a great safety risk to highway workers and other drivers," Meyers added. "There is no excuse for that type of driving."

During last year's efforts, authorities issued 1,354 tickets.

Fines are doubled in construction zones.

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For additional information on work zone safety, click here.

Marc Maturo July 06, 2012 at 12:56 PM
This is wonderful news. It is only me, but it appears that most drivers are increasingly increasing their speed and aggressiveness. Also believe that those posted speed limites in work zones ALSO APPLY even when no one is working. In other words, the limits are in effect at ALL times, and as I see it, just on a personal note, rarely anyone other than myself (pat on the back) SLOWS DOWN in the work zones. In this case, I say: Go get em!
Bruce Cohen July 06, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Being somewhat leery that there will ever be proper enforcement, I do congratulate those trying to enforce (hopefully) this long standing law. As a commuter who travels from Nanuet to Port Chester daily, there are much more problems that the above. How about large trucks in the left lane (and though legal the middle lane). Way too many people using hand held cellphones either talking or texting. Driving 40 mph in the left lane, lack of consideration by not signaling prior to a lane change, and worst of all, tailgating an high rates of speeds. Additionally,vehicles using their high beams, or mis-aligned headlights blinding everyone in front of them and those driving in the opposite direction. I've sen this all, much too many time, and no police around to correct this dangerous driving.

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