NYS Police and DOT team up for “Operation Hardhat” campaign

New York State Police and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have joined forces for the “Operation Hardhat” campaign, which may make you think twice before speeding through work zones.

In honor of National Work Zone Awareness Week, State Troopers and the DOT have deployed “Operation Hardhat,” a program where state police officers disguise themselves as construction workers to enforce responsible driving in work zones, according to Fox 40.


Troopers who witness driving infractions like speeding, using a cellphone, or not wearing a seatbelt in work zones can alert troopers further down the road to pull the driver over.

In 2021, there were 378 work zone intrusions on New York state roads maintained by the state Department of Transportation and Thruway Authority. Over 50 of those intrusions caused injury to workers or drivers.


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