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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

 Reminder: Slow Down in Work Zones
Safety Tips for Driving in the Exit 23 to 24 Thruway Expansion Project

The New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police Troop T remind motorists that speed and distractions jeopardize safety within work zones. During April, State Police Troop T wrote 545 tickets within the Exit 23 to 24 Thruway Expansion Project; 373 of these tickets were for speeding.

“Drivers are reminded to slow down, drive safely, and focus on the road while traveling through the Exit 23 to 24 Project,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Tom Madison. “They should be mindful of the construction restrictions, the 55 mph speed limit, and the brave dedicated workers present throughout this seven mile work zone.”

“Motorists should always remain cautious, alert and cognizant of posted work zone speed limits,” 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 State Police will aggressively enforce all speed limit violations on the New York State Thruway.”

Troop T will continue conducting several work zone speed enforcement campaigns throughout the summer. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in work zones.
When driving through work zones, the Thruway recommends following these safety tips:

  • Concrete barriers mean travel lanes are restricted, and slower speeds are required for safe passage
  • Slow down, and always obey posted work zone speed limits
  • Speeding is a major cause of work zone accidents
  • Traffic fines are double in work zones
  • Remain alert; be aware of construction and maintenance workers and the heavy equipment they use
  • Do not tailgate. Allow ample space between you and the vehicle ahead
  • Avoid changing lanes unless warranted
  • Use only hands-free mobile devices
  • Always buckle your seatbelt
  • Be patient
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times

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