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NY State Police Boosting Patrols In Construction Areas

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State Police Troop T is ramping up its patrols in construction zones on the New York State Thruway.

Operation Work Brake begins its five-day run on Monday. It's an effort to crack down on speeding motorists and aggressive driving in and around construction zones.

The annual push for construction zone safety came after passage of the Work Zone Safety Act in 2005. Troop T created Operation Work Brake, which aims at making motorists aware of the presence of workers in construction zones and reducing the number of hazardous violations in those areas.

During its five-day campaign in June of last year, Troop T issued more than 2,500 tickets, and more than half were for speed-related violations in and around active work zones.

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