ALBANY "Operation Work Brake," a five-day enforcement campaign promoting safety by cracking down on speeders in and around construction zones, will kick off Monday, July 9 and run through Friday, July 13, the New York State Thruway Authority and State Police Troop T announced.
"Road crews face constant dangers everyday in work zones, so keep them safe by paying attention, especially in construction zones," Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison said. "Slow down and always obey the speed limit."
From July 9 through July 13, members of State Police Troop T will be stepping up enforcement efforts on the Thruway.
"Throughout the enforcement period, Troop T will be out in full force patrolling the highway, as well as monitoring construction zones," State Police Troop T Commander Major Robert C. Meyers said. "Safety is Troop T's number one priority. We ask motorists do their part by using caution while driving through the construction zones. Remember, traffic fines are double in work 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. There is no excuse for that type of driving."
Operation Work Brake is intended to "put the brakes" on crash-causing behaviors, and to save lives. During the five-day work initiative, additional members of Troop T, dedicated solely to conducting speed and aggressive driving enforcement, will be positioned daily along the Thruway.
"The construction season continues throughout the summer season. The Thruway reminds everyone of the need to drive safely and responsibly, and pay attention to work zones and construction workers," Madison added.
New York State Police Troop T issued 1,354 tickets during the 2011 "Speed Week" campaign.