ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — The New York State Police kicked off Operation Hardhat here in Oneida County partnering with the state Department of Transportation. The program cracks down on dangerous and reckless driving behavior in work zones.

Police officers are present within work zones dressed as highway maintenance workers and are spotting individuals who are speeding, driving recklessly through work zones, or who fail to abide by the state’s move over law. State Police Officer Jack Keller explains the importance of Operation Hardhat and Work Zone Awareness Week. 

“whoever’s working on the shoulders of the roadway, they have an amazing job to do one they have to do their job and at the same time keep an is coming by them 55 65 sometimes even faster and they shouldn’t have to worry about the fear of getting injured or killed in a work zone,” said Keller.

As a result of the program, officers issued 56 tickets. In 2021, 2,336 traffic tickets were issued during the operation of hard-hat details throughout the state. This initiative will continue into the fall.