WESTERN NEW YORK – New York State Police are cracking down on speeding and aggressive driving in work zones.
The campaign dubbed ‘Operation Work Brake’ is happening now until Friday. Police will have extra patrols along the thruways.
State Police said roadside crews face constant dangers, and drivers who speed or are distracted pose a great safety risk to highway workers.
“During Operation Work Brake, Troopers will be out in full force and highly visible,” said Major Douglas R. Keyer Jr., Troop Commander of Troop T. “This campaign is designed to concentrate our efforts in and around work zones to raise awareness to the dangers of workers and equipment in and near the roadway.”
Police said drivers can do their part by obeying posted speed limits, staying off electronic devices, and being on the lookout for workers and equipment in work zones.
During last year’s campaign, more than 2,360 tickets were issues. Troopers said more than 1,269 were for speed-related violations in and around active work zones.