New York Law Enforcement Targeting Speeders in Construction Zones

by | July 6th, 2012

July 6, 2012

The National Safety Council says that speed is a factor in one out of every three fatal motor vehicle accidents. The risks of being involved in this type of Buffalo Auto Accident are even higher when a driver is in a construction zone.

In 2010, car accidents accounted for roughly one percent of all fatal work zone crashes in New York. In an effort to eradicate this type of accident from the state’s highways, the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police Troop T will be conducting a campaign to catch speeders in construction zones over the next week. According to WGRZ 2 News, “Operation Work Brake” will begin next Monday and will run through Friday, July 13th.

A similar weeklong campaign the conducted by state police last year netted a total of 1,354 speeders ticketed for traffic infractions. Motorists who are caught speeding in a construction zone can face doubled traffic fines, and penalties are much steeper if an accident occurs where injuries or a death are involved.

Commander Major Robert Meyers, a spokesman for the state police, stated, “Safety is Troop T’s number one priority. We ask motorists do their part by using caution while driving through the construction zones.”

The Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices say that drivers can do their part to keep construction zones safe by slowing down and paying extra close attention to their surroundings.