For immediate release: September 19, 2012
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More Than 1,900 Motorists Ticketed During “Operation Summer Brake”
Thruway Authority and State Police Troop T Sponsor Annual Campaign
More than 1,900 speeding violation tickets were issued to Thruway motorists across New York State during the recent statewide “Operation Summer Brake” enforcement effort held the last week in August, the New York State Thruway Authority and State Police Troop T announced. The initiative targeted prevention of crash-causing behavior including aggressive driving, speeding and, driving while intoxicated.
“The busy summer travel season has ended, but ‘Operation Summer Brake’ did its job by heightening motorists’ awareness of safe driving in work zones, by ticketing speeders and aggressive and distracted drivers, and by getting many intoxicated drivers off the roads,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “Safety is always our first priority, and we are grateful for the dedicated enforcement efforts of Troop T.”
“Troop T is focused on motorist safety every day of the year, and ‘Operation Summer Brake’ is a chance to highlight enforcement efforts and help all motorists drive more safety,” said State Police Troop T Sgt. Thomas Ferritto. “We are particularly pleased to have the chance to educate motorists about the ‘move over law’ and protect maintenance workers, tow-truck operators, and State Troopers.”
State Troopers play a prominent role reducing highway fatality rates in New York and issue more than 900,000 tickets each year. Statistics show that troopers, while comprising less than six percent of New York’s total law enforcement personnel, make about 30 percent of all DWI arrests in New York State, issue 47 percent of all citations for violations of seat belt and child seat laws, and 55 percent of all speeding tickets.
Posted speed limits in highway construction or maintenance work zones must be obeyed, even when workers are not present. Fines double for speeding offenses in a construction zone. Two convictions for speeding in work zones within 18 months results in automatic suspension of a driver’s license.
For additional information on driving safety, please go to http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/safety/drivingsafety.html .
To receive TRANSalerts, emails that provide real-time information on Thruway traffic conditions, go to: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml.To see the map of webcam views of the Thruway, go to: http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/index.html?layer=cameras .