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For Immediate Release: July 25, 2012

Thruway Authority: More Than 1,400 Motorists Ticketed During “Operation Work Brake”

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced that 1,400 tickets were issued by New York State Police Troop T to motorists for speeding violations during “Operation Work Brake,” a five-day enforcement campaign. The campaign was held July 9 through July 13, when Troop T stepped up enforcement efforts on the Thruway.

“As we are in the prime highway construction season, improving our roads and bridges, we remind drivers that with the construction comes an important warning: please slow down through work zones,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison.

In 2011, there were numerous work zone crashes in New York State on the Thruway. The Thruway has been very proactive in maintaining the safety of the motoring public and the construction workers.

“It is crucial that all motorists understand the importance of remaining alert and driving safely through work zones – not just for the men and women working on the roads, but for the safety of all motorists,” said Sgt. Thomas Ferritto. “We can’t say it enough. Slow down through work zones.”

“Operation Work Brake” was intended to “put the brakes” on crash-causing behaviors, and to save lives. During the five-day work initiative, additional members of Troop T, were dedicated solely to conducting speed and aggressive driving enforcement, were positioned daily along the Thruway.

For additional information on work zone safety, please go to http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/safety/workzonesafety.html.

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