This is National Work Zone Awareness Week and the New York State police will be conducting Operation Hardhat in work zones across the State.

According to a news release from Governor Cuomo’s office members of the State Police will patrol Department of Transportation, and Thruway Authority work zones to enforce work zone speed limits.

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In addition to making sure motorists are obeying the work zone flaggers, and proper speed limits, Operation Hardhat and the DOT will be introducing a new social media campaign that will promote work zone safety.

The campaign will also introduce new highway maintenance vehicles that will have large digital displays alerting motorists of their speed in the work zone.

In the release Governor Cuomo said "more and more New Yorkers will take to the roads as our state's economy gradually reopens and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, and that means it's going to become even more important to ensure everyone is driving safely,"

The campaign will also include photos of maintenance and construction workers and their families to humanize the many who work in these zones, and to remind drivers to be alert and slow down when approaching and driving through the work zones

During the Operation Hardhat campaign, the New York State Police will have additional patrols in the work zones who are specially trained to conduct passenger and commercial vehicle enforcement.

Operation Hardhat issued 1,770 tickets last year, an almost 70 percent increase from 2019.

Be safe and Slow Down when entering a Work Zone

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