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Troopers dressed as highway workers issue 1,048 traffic tickets

New York State Police issued 1,048 tickets statewide during special traffic enforcement details at work zones, state officials said.

During "Operation Hardhat," troopers dressed as highway workers, while stationed in active work zones, targeting motorists not following posted work zone speed limits.

State Police conducted 28 details at state Department of Transportation work zones and four details along the length of the New York State Thruway, starting in August and continuing through early November.

The 1,048 tickets included 493 for speeding, 94 for not wearing seatbelts, 92 for cellphone use, 72 for violations of New York's Move Over law and 297 for other violations.

"Our ultimate goal is to ensure motorists understand that safety must always be the priority when they are behind the wheel," said State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. "Speeding and distracted driving create unnecessary danger for everyone on the road. We urge all motorists to slow down, move over and use extreme caution when encountering road work or emergency operations along the highway."

"Operation Hardhat" is a joint initiative by State Police, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority.

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