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For Immediate Release: 04/25/2016

Contact:
Richard Keane | richard.keane@thruway.ny.gov (716) 635-6212
David Howard | david.m.howard@troopers.ny.gov (518) 471-4489

THRUWAY AUTHORITY AND STATE POLICE TROOP T ANNOUNCE "OPERATION WORK BRAKE"

Initiative Reminds Drivers to Slow Down and Be Alert in Work Zones

Video of Work Zones Along Thruway Available Here

The New York State Thruway Authority and State Police Troop T today announced "Operation Work Brake" by increasing patrols along the Thruway to ensure safer conditions for workers in construction zones. The initiative begins on Monday, April 25 with State Police targeting drivers that speed and drive aggressively in designated work zones.

The initiative was created by State Police Troop T following the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005 and involves strategic enforcement actions on major Thruway construction sites across the system. Thruway Authority maintenance crews and the contractors working on the Thruway face dangerous conditions every day – motorists that speed or drive distracted pose a safety risk to the men and women working on the road as well as to their fellow drivers.

Thruway construction zones often have reduced speed limits, closed or shifted traffic lanes and crews working on or near the road, and it is the motorist's responsibility to be aware of their surroundings.

"The hardworking men and women in work zones that you drive by every day on your commute are somebody's family," said Interim Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Maria Lehman, P.E. "Just like you, they want to get home safely at the end of each work day – please slow down and drive cautiously in Thruway construction zones for your own safety and the safety of those around you."

Major Joseph W. Dodd, Troop Commander of Troop T said, "The State Police are committed to keeping our highways safe for all motorists and workers this construction season.  Troopers will be out in full force and highly visible, and will be strictly enforcing the rules of the road and violators will be tickets.  Driving in a work zone requires a driver's full and complete attention.  Drivers can do their part by obeying posted speed limits, staying off mobile or electronic devices, and being on the lookout for workers and equipment in work zones."

In New York State, fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver's license.

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