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For Immediate Release: May 3, 2012

“Operation Spring Brake” Returns to Thruway May 7

The New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Police announce the return of “Operation Spring Brake,” a five-day annual safety enforcement campaign designed to alert motorists to construction zones and crack down on speeders on the highway. The effort will take place Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 11, 2012.

“‘Operation Spring Brake’ is designed to remind commuters that construction season has started along the Thruway,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “Construction staff is on the roadway making necessary improvements with the intent of providing a smoother and safer ride for all commuters. In order for them to complete their job safely the Thruway Authority encourages motorists to watch out for work zone signs and drive at the designated speed limit.”

 “Warmer weather brings more motorists onto the highways,” said New York State Police Troop T Commander Major Robert C. Meyers. “Ensuring safety is Troop T’s number one priority and we stress the importance of protecting both construction workers and motorists.”

The New York State Thruway is one of the safest highways in the nation. This safety record can be attributed to the Thruway Authority’s maintenance and operation of the system, and the many dedicated members of State Police Troop T who patrol the Thruway exclusively.

Although the official “Operation Spring Brake” initiative is five days, the Thruway Authority and Troop T will continue enforcement and education efforts year round to improve seat belt compliance and combat unsafe driving practices along the Thruway.

New York State Police Troop T issued 1,087 speeding tickets during the 2011 “Operation Spring Brake” campaign and a total of 2,218 tickets to Thruway motorists violating the speed limits.

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