Operation Hardhat stresses work zone safety

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As Operation Hardhat concluded today, New York State once again showed it means business when it enforces work zone speed limits and ensures that motorists are obeying flag personnel to promote construction zone safety.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the State Police would conduct “Operation Hardhat” enforcement activities all week in support of National Work Zone Awareness Week, which takes place from April 26 to April 30. 

During Operation Hardhat, troopers patrol Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority work zones to promote worker safety. In addition, DOT unveiled a new social media campaign to promote zone regulations, and the Thruway Authority unveiled new highway maintenance vehicles with large digital displays alerting motorists of their speed in work zones.

“More and more New Yorkers will take to the roads as our state’s economy gradually reopens and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, and that means it’s going to become even more important to ensure everyone is driving safely,” Governor Cuomo said.

“During National Work Zone Awareness Week, it’s critical to remember the dangers that transportation workers and law enforcement personnel face on our highways and that we do everything we can to support them.”

During the campaign, the State Police assigned additional patrols. This is in addition to more than 75 Traffic Incident Management troopers and supervisors who are specially trained to conduct dedicated passenger and commercial vehicle enforcement in and around major, active work zones and targeted enforcement in identified problem areas.

Last year, 1,770 tickets were issued by State Police during Operation Hardhat activities, which surpassed 2019’s total by nearly 70%.

It’s important for everyone’s safety that New York has zero tolerance for drivers who endanger our dedicated workforce, and through Operation Hardhat the state made it clear that anyone who disregards these laws will be held accountable.

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