"Operation Work Brake" enforces safe driving
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STATEWIDE -- The New York State Thruway Authority said more than 1,400 motorists were issued various traffic and speeding violations during "Operation Work Brake."
The campaign held by state police is meant to enforce safe driving near construction sites on the Thruway. The five-day enforcement was held last week.
Thruway officials said while the summer is prime time for construction areas, drivers need to be reminded to slow down in work zones. Officials said there were numerous work zone crashes on the New York state Thruway in 2011.
Even though the campaign is over, officials are still urging drivers to take caution throughout the summer.
"There's plenty of work zones, there's plenty of construction going on on bridges and on roadways. some of them are manned by troopers, some are not. the best thing to do is to slow down, adhere to the speed limits in the zones, for the motoring public's safety and the safety of those in the work zones," said Trooper Roy K. Swann, from the New York State Police.
During the campaign, additional state troopers were dedicated solely to conducting speed and aggressive driving enforcement.